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ZRH - Among The Three Best Airports Worldwide  
User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 44
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3938 times:

Hi!

The website of ZRH states the following in the news section:

>>With the completion of expansion stage 5, Zurich Airport has become one of the most important and most attractive civil aviation hubs in Europe. According to current passenger surveys, it is now among the best three airports in the world, but in order to maintain this position in the future, a variety of measures will have to be implemented, including the ongoing inspection and maintenance of all installations and facilities.<<

http://www.zurich-airport.com (go to: Your insight)

I think it's really true. The new facilities are just awsome in ZRH. I feel really comfortable in the new "Airside Center" and the "Dock E".

What's your lately expieriences in ZRH?

Regards,
Patrick


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User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3864 times:

It is indeed an awesome airport- the best in Europe, IMHO.

Connecting there is a breeze; shopping is good and the Airside Center is a wonderful design. There are also good shops and facilities landside. I think that ZRH is truly unique in that they actually welcome visitors to the airport on their website.

A range of Unique Airport branded goods is also available for sale in the arrivals hall.

I have spent many happy times at the longest airport bar in the world- inside the Swiss Business lounge in the Airside Center.

ZRH+LX is a great formula!


User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 1):
There are also good shops and facilities landside. I think that ZRH is truly unique in that they actually welcome visitors to the airport on their website.

Thats really true, the shoppingcenter landside makes fun to go for....
And they really welcome spotters in ZRH. The spotting facilities are amazing as well. (Terrace Dock B and E, bus airport tours and a lot of other for spotters prepared places around the fence)

I'm always amazed how quick I get my luggage back in ZRH... Once, the luggage was there on the belt before me!

Regards,
Patrick



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User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

Actually Im not even that surprised. ZRH has always been as superb airport. I guess the two visitor terraces really add to this. Everything runs smoothly: security, baggage handling, check-in, Terminal transportation, etc. and everyone is basically always very friendly, even the security.
The only thing that has not been rated so positivly are the delays on take-off. the average delay per flight is 37 min. But the delays are a result of the usage of the German airspace.



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User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 281 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Well, I am absolutely pleased with my home airport and I am glad that ZRH's reputation has not suffered against all odds -

What I personally like best is that one can get out of super fast and that the public transport system is fabulous. Once, when I was in a hurry I managed to go through passport control, take my luggage from the claim, clear customs (green channel) and catch my train in the subterranean railway station in a mere 10 minutes...

and from an enthusiast's and photographer's point of view it is indeed heaven.

It is nice to observe that the post 9/11 measurements are performed with care and without unnecessary hassle.


ZRH makes an effort to please its customers.


Cheers



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

well, I cant quite understand that there is no Lufthansa/Staralliance Business lounge. One should think thats mandatory for a destination like zurich.

what shocked me also was the incredibly low passenger traffic when i connected there in september. ZRH seems to be pretty down in pax figures, since SwissAir is gone.



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User currently offlineKa From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 661 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 5):
I cant quite understand that there is no Lufthansa/Staralliance Business lounge

There is one in Terminal B. It has been there for some time and was actually the world´s first lounge in StarAlliance design.

KA.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3664 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 5):
well, I cant quite understand that there is no Lufthansa/Staralliance Business lounge. One should think thats mandatory for a destination like zurich.

Don't worry there will be soon a new one, when all Star Alliance airlines change into Terminal 1. I think the Swiss lounge will become Star Alliance. I have to agree, after finishing the construction works the airport is very convenient and fast to connect. At the opening of Dock E some people complained that it is far away but with the people mover you are there very fast, even faster than to many A-Gates. The trains run every two minutes and it takes only 90 seconds out there. It is also amazing how fast the baggage claim is, even when you arrive at the E-Gates. A few Weeks ago I arrived there. 10 minutes after deboarding I already cleared immigration and was at the baggage belt. 5 minutes later my suitcase was there, after an other ten minutes I caught a train into the city which took me a ten minutes ride: only 35 minutes from deboarding at the E-Gates to the city center incl. customs, baggage claim and train ride! This is outstanding.
The Airside Center is really beautiful to wait, shop or spot. It has plenty of restaurants, shops and bars, has huge windows which makes the building very bright.

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 5):
what shocked me also was the incredibly low passenger traffic when i connected there in september. ZRH seems to be pretty down in pax figures, since SwissAir is gone.

Yes, the pax figures went down from 22 millions to 17 millions p a after the Swissair bankruptcy and 9/11. At the moment they are increasing steadily, this year they expect again more than 18 millions. It of course depends when you are there. In the morning and at noon it is rather crowded, about between 14.30 and 16.30 it is quiet and later in the afternoon and evening there are more passengers again.


User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

ZRH is indeed an excellent airport. Not oversized and also not too small. Just the perfect size  Smile


Quoting ZRH" class=quote target=_blank>ZRH (Reply 7):
At the opening of Dock E some people complained that it is far away but with the people mover you are there very fast, even faster than to many A-Gates.

Just shows you how spoilt and lazy people are nowadays, but I also got the impression that it was more the media as usual trying to make Unique look bad.


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Quoting Aviationmaster (Reply 9):
Just shows you how spoilt and lazy people are nowadays, but I also got the impression that it was more the media as usual trying to make Unique look bad.

Yes you are right. The medias always criticize every move Zurich Airport (Unique) makes and a lot of people only copy them without making their own experiences. Many things are not in the sphere of influence of the airport authorities, for example the delays because of airspace (Germany) it is matter of politics.
BTW you are faster at the E-Gates than when you have to walk or use the moving walk-ways to the farthest A-Gates.


User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1042 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

the star alliance lounge in B is only for GOLD members.

and I connected in the evening SAA to JNB and on return in the morning.
both times it was unusual quiet.

the airport itself was nice. and the people mover connects quite well. would like to see VIE improving from this provinciality...



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 11):
and I connected in the evening SAA to JNB and on return in the morning.
both times it was unusual quiet.

This is very possible. Actually peak times are between 1000 and 1400 and less between 1600 and 1900 (as I know take or give an hour). As the SAA flight arrives at 0705 and leaves at 2025 it is quiet of course.


User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 11):
and I connected in the evening SAA to JNB and on return in the morning.
both times it was unusual quiet.

It's even comfortable not to have all the time a totally overcrowded terminal or transit area. Sometimes on airports, you can't even free walk how you would like, cause there permanent people in your way.

The passengers will further increase in the next years in ZRH. The times during the day, in which you'll find a almost empty airport, will be reduced more and more then.

Regards,
Patrick



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User currently offlineLegacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

It is indeed very good to see such nice compliments about Swiss aviation. This gives to all of us, working in this business, a big motivation. Let's all do our best to bring the glory days back as soon as possible  Wink

User currently offlineBassie2010 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Quoting Aviationmaster (Reply 9):
Not oversized and also not too small. Just the perfect size

Excuse me, but it is 'a little' overbuild. Yes, it is beautiful, but the airport is a financial disaster. It is build to handle 30 million passengers, but it will probably only handle 20 this year. Some over capacity is no problem, but operating at 2/3 is not healthy.



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User currently offlineGlidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Quoting Bassie2010 (Reply 15):
Excuse me, but it is 'a little' overbuild. Yes, it is beautiful, but the airport is a financial disaster. It is build to handle 30 million passengers, but it will probably only handle 20 this year. Some over capacity is no problem, but operating at 2/3 is not healthy.

The airport management realized early, while they extended the airport that it might be to big after SR went down, and world traffic decreased past 9/11.
That was one reason why UNIQUE decided to close temporarily the Dock B and almost all gates there, by side the bus gates. (Dock B got converted to the "EVENTDOCK")

Therefore, I think the capacity right now is not oversized. It's just comfortable to have a bit more space available for the growing traffic in the future.

Regards,
Patrick



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User currently offlineKa From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 661 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Quoting Macc (Reply 11):
the star alliance lounge in B is only for GOLD members

Well, I am SILVER member and have no problems getting in there regularly.

KA.



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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

I've always loved Zurich airport and doesn't surprise me at all.

Quoting ZRH (Reply 8):
Yes, the pax figures went down from 22 millions to 17 millions p a after the Swissair bankruptcy and 9/11. At the moment they are increasing steadily, this year they expect again more than 18 millions

Wow, close enough to DUB... also about 18 million a year... and it's a complete disaster. Could you lend us some of your airport managers to teach the DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) how to build/run an airport...

Changing subjet, but since this thread has lots of Swiss posters, while I'm p***ed of with you all this morning, I must congratulate on last night's match at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Just to show you how us Irish feel, I sent my 19 year-old nephew, a huge football fan, an sms last night after the match, saying what a pity about the match, so now we'll just have to hope for 2010... his response: First email regarding 2010: "Yeah right, unless we have a completely new squad! DON'T THINK SO"... second sms: "Excuse me (he doesn't like cursing in front of his uncle (me)!, but they (us, Ireland) were fu**ing terrible! They don't deservve to be in the World Cup".



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User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3235 times:

Quoting Bassie2010 (Reply 15):
Excuse me, but it is 'a little' overbuild. Yes, it is beautiful, but the airport is a financial disaster. It is build to handle 30 million passengers, but it will probably only handle 20 this year. Some over capacity is no problem, but operating at 2/3 is not healthy.

I know it's not all that healthy when the airport is overbuilt, but I was looking at it from a passengers view and not from the financial side  Wink

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 18):

Changing subjet, but since this thread has lots of Swiss posters, while I'm p***ed of with you all this morning, I must congratulate on last night's match at Lansdowne Road in Dublin.

Thanks!  Smile To be honest with you, I'm not all too happy at our performance last night, since we had about 2 or 3 huge chances to decide the game (which would have been enough to qualify) and now in the playoffs we have to play against either Spain, Czech Republic or Turkey  Sad The only plus is that there is a slight chance of attending the home game. As for the Irish team, you will recover as time moves on. Switzerland went through a smilar phase after the 96 Euro.


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 18):
Wow, close enough to DUB... also about 18 million a year... and it's a complete disaster.

I unfortunately have to agree with you. I flew twice to DUB within one year (holidays on the River Erne with a cruiser boat) and we had to wait both times almost an hour for our luggage (perhaps we are spoiled because here it usually comes very fast). This year the airbridge did not work and the captain had to order stairs. When they came after about 15 minutes the passengers got off but nobody of the airport authorities was there to show us the entrance into the building. So we walked like a flock of sheep to the terminal and did not find an open door. We had to go back to where the airbridge ends and there was a rusty door and narrow staircases. For me it was fun because I am an aviation fan and like to walk on the apron but not all passengers liked it. But nevertheless Ireland is a beautiful country.

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 18):
Changing subjet, but since this thread has lots of Swiss posters, while I'm p***ed of with you all this morning, I must congratulate on last night's match at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Just to show you how us Irish feel, I sent my 19 year-old nephew, a huge football fan, an sms last night after the match, saying what a pity about the match, so now we'll just have to hope for 2010... his response: First email regarding 2010: "Yeah right, unless we have a completely new squad! DON'T THINK SO"... second sms: "Excuse me (he doesn't like cursing in front of his uncle (me)!, but they (us, Ireland) were fu**ing terrible! They don't deservve to be in the World Cup".



Quoting Aviationmaster (Reply 19):
Thanks! To be honest with you, I'm not all too happy at our performance last night, since we had about 2 or 3 huge chances to decide the game (which would have been enough to qualify) and now in the playoffs we have to play against either Spain, Czech Republic or Turkey The only plus is that there is a slight chance of attending the home game. As for the Irish team, you will recover as time moves on. Switzerland went through a smilar phase after the 96 Euro.

Thanks for your congrats. But as my fellow Swiss I was a little bit disappointed. One goal and we could have won the group. But I am optimistic to win over Spain, Czech Republic or Turkey...  Wink


User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3171 times:

Quoting Bassie2010 (Reply 15):
but the airport is a financial disaster

You might want to look up the performance of the Unique shares and bonds on the Swiss stock exchange.

They have been among the top performers in the past two years. I wish I had put my money in this company.

http://quotes.ubs.com/quotes/X0=35/X...r6LpeEmRHlUSym-6w8LWb2NGVgr-zE2N0=


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Hi!

I have to give also my comment to ZRH. I've been going to ZRH since 1987 regulary and that airport always make feel good! I still saw ZRH in the glory days with a lot of airlines, and beeing very buzzy! I got a few delays leaving ZRH due to traffic! I also think the ZRH have a great train network to the rest of Switzerland and that impresses me a lot!!! It's unbelievable the fact that you can board a train in a small swiss village and get right to ZRH airport! I got that experience in December 2002 on transit from LIS to LAX I stayed one night with some friends at a place called Oberdiessbach in the Canton de Berne! Next morning I left Oberdiessbach to LAX and the train connection was just... fantastic!!!
Last time I was there was December 2003 and I already saw the new terminal, I actually used it, very modern, lot's of space and light and of course has a trademark of ZRH my luggage was already there going around when I got to the luggage station..... I've visited a few airports but ZRH is also on the top on that!
regards


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

Quoting ZRH (Reply 20):
and we had to wait both times almost an hour for our luggage

Only an hour!!! That's not bad for DUB...

Good luck in the play-offs my Swiss friends.



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User currently offlineBassie2010 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Quoting HAJFlyer (Reply 21):
You might want to look up the performance of the Unique shares and bonds on the Swiss stock exchange.

They have been among the top performers in the past two years. I wish I had put my money in this company.

Just looked in the 2004 annual report of Unique: net proft over 2004: 17 million swiss franks or 11.4 million euro. Not even a euro net profit per passenger. Compare that to other major airports and I doubt you can call it a top performer.

As I said: beautiful airport, but too much over capacity since the collapse of Swiss. Unique has taken measures, sure, but they can't hide the fact that they have to depreciate a lot of infrastructure that they don't use.



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25 HAJFlyer : Sorry for not expressing myself precisely enough. The term "top performer" was meant to qualify only the stunning rise in the price of its shares and
26 Aviationmaster : A profit of 17 million Francs might not seem as much when compared with other airports, but it is an excellent result, considering what Unique has had
27 MH017 : Patrick, A top airport, I can agree !!! (as seen by myself during the A.net meet last Summer): it's even organizing bus-trips through the various area
28 SWISSER : That's a sensitive one, but on topic indeed! I like ZRH very much! You ARE a passenger over there, not an item like on AMS/CDG/LHR/FRA. The only thin
29 Post contains images Glidepath73 : I try to plan a winter A.NET meeting in ZRH. This is not easy since the weather is not very stable in ZRH in winter. Let's see how it goes. The best
30 Post contains images HAJFlyer : Keeps us posted on your plans. ZRH can be truly great place in winter especially in January when its is usually cold enough to have dry blowing powde
31 ZRH : Very good idea. If somehow possible I will join again. With snowfall it would be great but, as you know, we have here very seldom heavy snowfall.
32 Post contains images Swisskloten : I'm not surprised to find ZRH among the top three. There may be a reason for this: on Sunday, the city is literally asleep. Nothing seems to be going
33 HAJFlyer : I guess the main reason for this are the very restrictive laws regarding opening owners of retail shops. Besides gas station convenience stores only
34 Glidepath73 : I heard somewhere, that ZRH is the second most visited place in Switzerland. (Observation decks) Is that true? Amazing, if we regard all those amazin
35 Post contains images ZRH : Pay check???  Actually NO Swiss gets paid by a check. This is only a weird old fashioned US method. Here everybody gets his/her money onto a bank ac
36 SWISSER : LOL! I think you need to have a bank account before you even can work!
37 Travelin man : I will be visiting ZRH (on business) in two weeks, and I am looking forward to it. Do you know if the train to Zug leaves directly from the airport? T
38 ZRH : LOL, yes perhaps. No seriously, to pay the salary with a check is really very old fashioned. I think you would not find here any employer who would p
39 Post contains links HAJFlyer : Travelin man, there is one direct train every hour leaving at xx:47 at the underground railway station under the airport. If that one is inconvenient
40 Travelin man : Thank you for the information HAJFlyer. It will be my first visit to Switzerland in over 10 years, and my first ever to ZRH. (I went to GVA with a to
41 ZRH : HAJflyer is absolutely correct. Here only an example which trains you have between Zurich Airport and Zug (it is every day and hour the same): Station
42 Swisskloten : So why do they do this? It can't hurt the Swiss economy to have a few stores open on Sundays can it?
43 ManuCH : There's a large majority saying that people aren't supposed to work un Sunday, and that there might be abuses by shop-owners forcing employees to wor
44 Post contains images SWISSER : Same here in Belgium, but for the fortunate ones that need to work on sundays (like airport jobs!) earn that day double! So no need to change it for
45 Swisskloten : Double!? Damn, I need to move to Brussels soon! I've been there twice. It's a great city. Swisser, does anyone know why the Belgians absof*ckinlutely
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