Geneva Cointrin Airport Private Jet Charter
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Airport Hours and Location
Geneva International Airport, formerly known as Cointrin International Airport, is open 24 hours every day. The airport is located about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of the city center of Geneva at Rte de l'Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland.
Private jets available for charter to and from Geneva International Airport include the Citation Bravo, Citation II and Citation CJ3 light jets; the Hawker 900XP, Learjet 60 and Citation III midsize jets; and the Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX and Challenger 850 large jets.
Geneva International Airport has one asphalt runway that is 12,795 feet (3,900 meters) long and 164 feet (50 meters) wide. Its elevation is 1,411 feet (430 meters).
Geneva International Airport offers a wide range of top-notch airport amenities such as VIP ground transportation services, including the booking of limousines, rental cars and helicopters. It also has well equipped conference rooms.
Private Jet Charter to and from Geneva Cointrin Airport
Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Geneva Cointrin Airport. It’s like a question on a game show.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Geneva?
The City of Geneva. Picture Source.
The birthplace of the internet! The United Nations! Chocolate! The International Red Cross! The Geneva Convention! Skiing! And the contestants’ answers are all correct. The Swiss city of Geneva is so many things to so many different kinds of people. The unofficial innkeeper of world peace, Geneva is considered the global hub of international corporations with 130 multinational corporations headquartered here. And, the destination of many air travelers.
Where is Geneva Airport located?
Aerial view of Geneva Cointrin airport. Picture Source.
The Geneva Airport is located on the Switzerland/France border. The airport has both a French Sector and a Swiss Sector. Geneva Airport is also called Cointrin Airport, named after the village in which it is located. The airport is four miles from the center of Geneva where the United Nations and many international headquarters are located and is within walking distance to the French border.
The French town closest to Geneva is Annemasse, which is less than a mile away.
How do the airport’s two sectors work?
The Geneva Airport is divided into a French Sector and a Swiss Sector.
There are signs inside and outside the airport to help passengers navigate getting to and from the two sectors.
They offer identical services, just as separate countries.
To get to the entrance to the French Sector, follow signs that say “Aéroport secteur France.”
Terminal 1 is the main terminal. Terminal 2 is used only during the winter season when charter jets, mostly carrying skiers, overwhelm the main terminal.
The two sectors were maintained even after Switzerland and France joined the Schengen area.
The Geneva Airport accepts visitors from Schengen and non-Schengen countries.
What is the Schengen area?
The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and other border controls at their common borders. It has given the hundreds of millions of people who live in the countries to come and go freely within the area without passport checks.
It also allows the residents of the 26 countries to travel internationally as if having come from one country because they all have identical travel and movement rights.
The 26 European countries in the Schengen area are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
What is the Geneva Airport code?
Geneva’s IATA code is GVA; its ICAO code is LSGG.
Who uses the Geneva Airport?
More than 13 million passengers use the Geneva Airport every year. Some are tourists, coming for the skiing or the chocolate or the cheese but most come to the international city of Geneva on business. And, many of those businessmen charter private jets to get there.
Most major cities in Europe are easily reached from Geneva Airport in less than two hours.
Paramount Business Jets can help you charter private jets in and out of Geneva Airport.
Why visit Geneva?
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Geneva, the second largest city in Switzerland after Zurich, is called the most international city in Europe with 40 percent of its population coming from outside the country. Geneva is about 170 miles southwest of Zurich.
Geneva, where more than dozens of international organizations are headquartered, is considered the seat of international power. It is home to the International Red Cross and the United Nations.
That business reputation has also given Geneva the reputation of being a boring city, which visitors insist it isn’t. While it is more conservative than Zurich – you likely won’t find EDM festivals in Geneva – it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Located on the shore of Lake Geneva at the mouth of the Rhone River, Geneva is surrounded by France on the west, south and east. The French Alps are to the east, the Jura Mountains to the west.
Lake Geneva is Europe’s largest lake and the origin of Evian mineral water. The lake is crystal clear, fed by the melted snow from the Alps.
Geneva is a favorite travel destination with plenty of highways and high-speed rail to the French cities of Paris and Milan as well as to cities in Germany and Spain.
Why is it called International Geneva?
Switzerland, located in the heart of Western Europe, has worked hard to remain a neutral nation.
Geneva’s reputation of being an international city began with the founding of the Red Cross in 1863. The city’s focus on humanity, neutrality and world peace has helped turn it into the place where important people and governments meet to solve big problems.
Switzerland, with its spirit of caring about humanity, has had the role of playing host to international organizations since the 1800s.
And, Geneva has remained the most cosmopolitan of all Swiss cities with 40 percent of its inhabitants coming from outside Switzerland. Most residents speak at least two but mostly three languages.
Close to 150 multinational corporations have offices in Geneva.
Why do they come here?
Geneva is not only central to Europe, it also has fairly easy access to the Middle East and Africa. International banks, high-tech companies, biotech companies are drawn to Geneva and the world-class conditions and benefits the city offers.
Switzerland has worked hard to remain a neutral nation.
Why is peace brokered in Geneva?
“Geneva is located right at the heart of global governance,” Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, head of the Swiss Mission to the United Nations, said.
“Decisions made here have a direct impact on the daily lives of people all around the world. In Geneva, a wide array of areas are represented, ranging from human rights and humanitarian affairs to migration and health, labour, economic trade and intellectual property, telecommunications and meteorology.
“In the face of major upheavals affecting the world today, with humanitarian crises becoming increasingly complex, and given the growing challenges facing our planet, International Geneva provides an ideal setting to find consensus and common solutions,” Zellweger said.
And, perhaps most importantly, “Geneva is an international city with a universal vocation. It hosts the second United Nations headquarters and 34 other international institutions and organizations. 175 states are represented in the city, with 256 permanent representations. Civil society is active through more than 250 non-governmental organizations. With approximately 2,400 annual meetings involving almost 200,000 delegates from around the world, Geneva is the biggest center for international conferences in the world,” Zellweger said.
In addition, the large number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their representatives, which are increasingly important at the United Nations, serve as the voice for ordinary citizens all over the world.
What businesses are in Geneva?
Geneva’s main industries are banking, technology and tourism. Here is a snapshot of some of Geneva’s largest or most important businesses:
The World Bank Group, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and provides financial and technical assistance to developing nations, has a World Bank Group Geneva Office.
The World Bank Group’s mission is to end extreme poverty by increasing salaries and the number of jobs in third-world countries. The World Bank Group Geneva Office focuses on several issues, including international trade and climate change adaptation. The Geneva Office, reflecting the city’s part in world peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, monitors human rights, migration patterns, water and the environment.
There are also more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Geneva-Zurich area, including (in the order in which they appear on the Fortune 500 list):
- Glencore International: The world's largest commodities trader (coal, cotton, jet fuel, gasoline, metals, minerals and oil).
- Nestlé: The food and beverage company produces brands that include Stouffer’s, Gerber, Haagen-Dazs, Purina and Perrier and Poland Springs waters.
- Novartis: A pharmaceutical company responsible for brands including Excedrin, Maalox and Theraflu.
- Roche Group: A pharmaceutical company that also makes diagnostic and monitoring equipment for such things as genetics and diabetes.
- Credit Suisse: Banking and investments.
- UBS AG: Created in 1997 when the Union Bank of Switzerland and the Swiss Bank merged, this company provides wealth and asset management.
- ABB Group: Maker of robots and control systems for factories.
- Alliance Boots: Drug wholesaler that provides pharmaceuticals to pharmacies and hospitals in more than 20 countries. It is in the process of merging with Walgreen’s in the United States.
- Xstrata: One of the world’s largest copper mining companies.
- Coop Group: Retailer that operates almost 1,000 grocery and department stores in Switzerland.
- Adecco Group: The world’s largest employment agency.
- Swiss Re: Insurance company.
- Migros: Retailer of department stores, hotels, banks and gas stations around Europe.
- Holcim: One of the world’s largest cement makers with subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
What language is spoken in Geneva?
Switzerland actually has three official languages: French, German and Italian.
Geneva is predominantly French-speaking but most residents speak at least one other language.
About a quarter of the population speaks English but the majority of foreigners do.
One will hear just about every language spoke on the streets of the International City.
When in doubt, start off a conversation in French – at least the greeting.
You might at least want to remember how to say the most important phrase of all, “Hello. I don’t speak French.”
“Bonjour. Je ne parle pas français.”
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METAR Weather Data
- Weather Partly cloudy
- Observed 11:20 AM
- Temperature 23 °C, 73 °F
- Preticipation 3.0 mm
- Humidity 50%
- Pressure 1016 mb
- Cloud Cover 25%
- Visibility 10%
- Wind Speed: 2mph, 4km/h
- Wind Direction: 41°, NE
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
Can I fly with large sums of cash?Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
Which private jets come with flight attendants?In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
What is a carbon-neutral flight?Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
Can I access my luggage while in flight?On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.