Zurich Airport: Passenger numbers on the rise through November

A SWISS jet taxis at Zurich Airport.
Photo Credit: Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport has released its November performance results, showing passenger levels have returned to 92% of the number reached in November 2019.

Zurich Airport (ZRH), the largest Swiss international hub, witnessed remarkable growth in November 2023, with a staggering 2,045,158 passengers passing through its gates.

This significant surge reflects a remarkable 14% increase compared to the previous year.

Passenger Demographics

Notably, the November passenger levels for the airport reached an impressive 92% of the figures recorded in November 2019, showcasing a robust recovery.

Notable in this surge were 1,385,298 local passengers, illustrating the airport’s strong appeal to the domestic market.


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The vibrant local passenger base played a pivotal role in driving the overall growth, constituting a substantial portion of the total traffic.

This local influx, combined with the airport’s global connectivity, forms a unique blend that contributes to Zurich Airport’s prominence.

Transfer Dynamics: Navigating the Numbers

Transfer passengers, comprising 32% of the total, stood at an impressive 655,912 individuals. This statistic emphasizes Zurich Airport’s strategic position as a hub for connecting flights.

 The influx of transfer passengers not only contributes to the airport’s economic vitality but also enhances its global network, cementing its status as a key player in the international aviation landscape.

Air Traffic Movements

Against the backdrop of increasing passenger numbers, air traffic movements soared by 7% to a total of 18,242 takeoffs or landings year on year.

This growth signifies the airport’s operational efficiency and capacity to handle the escalating demand. Delving into a monthly comparison, these movements reached 92% of the 2019 level, indicating a steady rebound from external challenges.

Unpacking Passenger Metrics

The average passengers per movement rose to 128, marking a 4% increase compared to the previous year.

This metric not only reflects the airport’s ability to efficiently manage its resources but also hints at an enhanced passenger experience.

However, the average seat load factor saw a marginal dip, standing at 76%, down by 1 percentage point compared to the previous year.

These nuanced metrics shed light on the dynamic interplay between capacity, demand, and passenger comfort.

Cargo Challenges: Freight Volume

Despite the overall growth, the freight sector experienced a 4% decrease in volume compared to the previous year, amounting to 34,291 tons in November 2023.

Furthermore, this decline extends to a 12% reduction when compared to the pre-pandemic levels of November 2019.

This dip highlights the unique challenges faced by the cargo segment, potentially stemming from global economic fluctuations and logistical complexities.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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