Civil aviation

The Swiss civil aviation statistic takes into consideration Switzerland's entire civil aviation. In addition to scheduled and charter flights, it also covers general aviation. This includes commercial and private business travel, sightseeing flights, transport flights, sport flights etc. In addition to data on aeroplanes, data are also shown for other aircraft as helicopters, motor gliders, gliders or airships.

In 2020, a year strongly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, Swiss civil aviation recorded 1.1 million aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) and 16.9 million local and transfer passengers. This represents a decrease of 24% of movements and even of 71% of passengers compared to the previous year. While 84% of the flight movements were carried out by general aviation, which operates mainly with small aircraft, scheduled and charter traffic was clearly dominant in terms of passengers, with a share of 97% (corresponding to 16.5 million).

You can find annual and quarterly data specifically on scheduled and charter flights on the webpage:

Key figures on civil aviation in 2020
Registered aircraft
3 181
    of which aeroplanes (excl. motor gliders) 1 723
Aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings) 1 052 163
    Change from 2019 –24%
    Share of scheduled and charter traffic
166 758
    Share of general aviation traffic
885 405
Local and transfer passengers 16 922 270
    Change from 2019 –71%
    Share of scheduled and charter traffic
16 457 821
    Share of general aviation traffic
464 449
Persons killed (in accidents) 8
    of which passengers 4
1) Measured against a threshold of 60 dB(A)
2) Year 2006
Sources: FSO – FSO, FOCA – Civil aviation statistics (AVIA_ZL); FOEN – GIS Noise database of Switzerland sonBase; STSB – Aviation accident statistics

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