Civil aviation

Swiss civil aviation (scheduled and charter flights and general aviation) recorded a total of 1.2 million aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) in 2021. This is 13% more than in 2020, but still 14% less than in 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The number of passengers reached around 20.2 million in 2021, 20% more than in 2020 but 66% less than in 2019.

While general aviation with mostly small aircraft accounted for around 84% of aircraft movements in 2021, scheduled and charter traffic dominated passenger traffic with a share of 97% (corresponding to 19.7 million passengers).

Timely evaluations of scheduled and charter traffic (annual and quarterly data) can be found here:

Key figures on civil aviation in 2021
Registered aircraft
3 132
    of which aeroplanes (excl. motor gliders) 1 698
Aircraft movements (take-offs and landings) 1 190 560
    Change from 2019 –14%
    Share of scheduled and charter traffic
191 219
    Share of general aviation traffic
999 341
Local and transfer passengers 20 231 343
    Change from 2019 –66%
    Share of scheduled and charter traffic
19 667 667
    Share of general aviation traffic
563 676
Persons killed (in accidents) 10
    of which passengers 5
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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