Summer holidays 2021: good preparation makes for easier travel


The summer holidays will begin in many parts of Switzerland this weekend. Passenger volumes at Zurich Airport will therefore increase. Good preparation and compliance with hygiene measures will help to ensure that things go smoothly from check-in through to departure.

Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey – these are the most popular destinations at the moment from Zurich Airport for the upcoming summer holiday period. Around 50,000 passengers are expected on peak days, which is roughly half the volume on a peak day in the pre-pandemic summer holiday period.

Good preparation for a trip is still important – as always in the summer holidays. Even if passenger volumes remain lower than usual, there will be some departure peaks during the day when several flights take off within a short time. This, together with additional documentation checks during check-in and before boarding, may result in waiting times. To keep these waiting times to a minimum, it is important that passengers find out about the current rules in their destination country prior to travelling and have the required documents ready during check-in.

Recommendations for passengers

We therefore recommend that passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure and that they have already had a test on the day of departure, if required. Hygiene measures such as regular hand washing, keeping a distance and wearing a mask remain in force.

If the airline offers an online, mobile or prior-evening check-in, we recommend making use of this and printing out luggage labels at home. This makes the bag drop process much simpler and faster on the departure day itself. Electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras and all liquids carried in hand baggage must be presented separately at the security checkpoint as usual.

Eating and shopping at Zurich Airport

All shops and eateries are open again at Zurich Airport and offer a diverse range. After the security check, passengers can enjoy a relaxed start to their trip in our table-service restaurants in the Airside Center, for example in the Sportsbar with an outside terrace, Villa Antinori or in the Center Bar. On arrival, passengers can also purchase duty-free items from the two duty-free shops in Arrivals. All opening times are listed on the airport website.

Observation deck in the summer holidays

In July and August, the observation deck is open daily from 11:00 until 16:00. Guided bus tours and tours for individual guests take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Guided bus tours 11:45 / 12:15 / 14:00
  • Guided airport tour: 13:45

Please see https://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/en/passengers/experience/experiences/tours-and-guided-tours for additional offers and information

Useful information

Information about the various check-in options and desk opening times can be found on the airport’s website or on the individual airline’s website.

All information about the coronavirus and travelling via Zurich Airport can be found on the airport website: https://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/en/passengers