Key traffic figures November 2021


In November 2021, 1’117’070 passengers passed through Zurich Airport. Compared to the same month last year, this is more than a fourfold increase, when passenger numbers were 245,187. Passenger levels are 50.1% of those reached in November 2019.

In November, the number of local passengers was 821’885. Transfer passengers amounted to 26.2%, equal to 291’244 passengers.

Year on year, air traffic movements increased by 134.2% to 13’253 take offs or landings. A monthly comparison shows that air traffic movements are at 66.8% of the 2019 level. The average passenger per movement figure increased to 110.6 (+55.5% vs. previous year). The average seat load factor was at 67.1% (+25.3 percentage points vs. previous year).

A total of 38’542 tons of freight were transported at Zurich Airport during the month of November. This represents an increase in freight volume of 39.5% compared to last year. Compared to November 2019, freight volume decreased by 1.6%.

Christmas holiday outlook

Flughafen Zürich AG still expects a total of approximately 10 million passengers in 2021. This represents around one third of 2019 volumes. Due to the pandemic and the short-term booking behaviour of passengers, a detailed forecast of traffic during the upcoming Christmas holiday period is not possible.

For the return journey to Switzerland, all travellers currently require a negative PCR test. 4 to 7 days after their return, they must test again (PCR or antigen rapid test). As a result, Switzerland currently has one of the strictest testing programs in Europe. Zurich Airport therefore welcomes changes proposed by the Federal Council that vaccinated and recovered persons are only required to test once prior to entry. The airport also advocates that vaccinated and recovered persons from European destinations may enter the country without testing as soon as possible.