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Airport Hours and Location

Zurich Airport, the largest international airport in Switzerland, is open 24 hours a day. The airport is located about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of central Zurich, at 8058 Kloten, Switzerland.

Nearby Aircraft

Private jets available for charter to and from Zurich Airport include the Phenom 100 very light jet, the Citation CJ2 light jet, the Phenom 300 super-light jet, the Hawker 900XP midsize jet, the Challenger 300 super-midsize jet, the Gulfstream G450 large jet, and Falcon 7X ultra long range jet.

Runways

Zurich Airport has three concrete runways. The longest runway is 12,139 feet (3,700 meters) long and 197 feet (60 meters) wide. The elevation of Zurich Airport is 1,417 feet (432 meters).

Airport Amenities

The amenities at Zurich Airport include an array of shops and restaurants, an executive lounge, as well as arrival, departure, transit and door-to-door VIP assistance. Private jet charter flyers at the airport can also request luxury ground transportation services.

Private Jet Charter to and from Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport Private Jet Charter Services

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Zurich Airport.

Zurich Airport is on many of the “world’s best airports” lists.

And for good reason.

It’s a state of the art facility in one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Zurich Airport (ZRH, ICAO: LSZH) came in among the Top 10 airports in a recent poll done, using responses on almost 14 million questionnaires, by Skytrax, a research and consultancy firm in the United Kingdom.

The company does research for airlines that pay for it but its customer surveys are taken independently with no charges to customers or airports. Then Skytrax gives awards to the top vote-getters.

In 2018, the survey included 550 airports around the world. Zurich came in Number 9 overall but was voted Number 1 in its passenger level category of 20 million to 30 million a year.

Zurich Airport came in at Number 7 in another recent poll of international airports in Travel + Leisure magazine. The grades were given, the magazine reported, after readers were asked to grade airports on things such as access, check-in/security, restaurants/bars, shopping and design.

And, with 50,000 reviews as its database, eDreams, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, placed Zurich at Number 2 – behind perennial front-runner Singapore Changi – in its list of the Top 5 best airports to visit in 2018. Its comfort, organization and efficiency – not to mention its beautiful surroundings – were given high marks by its users.

For the luxury traveler

With such a high approval rating for commercial travelers, it goes without saying that A-list travelers who charter a private jet to Zurich or rent a private jet in Zurich, will get the best gold-plated service possible.

Perhaps that’s why two of the most important and elite annual events in the world are held near Zurich.

The World Economic Forum is held every year during the third week in January in Davos, which is located in the Swiss Alps about two hours southeast of Zurich. At 5,118 feet, it is Europe’s highest city and an appropriate gathering place for the more that 2,500 of the world’s loftiest people in business, government and society. They meet to discuss major global issues and crises and to brainstorm ways to solve them.

World Economic Forum - Davos

World Economic Forum

They also fill the skies over Zurich with private jets. It was reported that during the 2018 Forum, more than 550 private and chartered business jets dropped off hundreds and hundreds of billionaires and celebrities. But Zurich was able to handle the increase in air traffic. The sky was also abuzz with private helicopters, the preferred means by which many of the “world’s 1 percent” arrived at the Forum. Who were these ultra rich and important people? There were dozens of world leaders as well as billionaire executives from companies like Microsoft (Bill Gates), Google (Eric Schmidt), Alibaba (Jack Ma), Facebook (Sheryl Sandberg), Yahoo (Marissa Mayer) and Business Insider (Henry Blodget).

It costs about $100,000 to attend what is considered the ultimate networking event where top business deals get done.

The other elite event that fills the skies over Zurich with private jets is Art Basel Switzerland.

Art Basel Switzerland

Art Basel Switzerland

Art Basel is an international art fair held every year in the Swiss city of the same name that is located an hour west of Zurich on the Rhine River where Switzerland, Germany and France meet.

Since the first Art Basel in 1970, the goal has been to connect the world’s major galleries with their patrons. Many of the artists and art dealers put more work into Art Basel than any other art fair because it draws the most serious – and monied – international clients and collectors, many of whom charter private jets to ZRH.

The growing popularity of Art Basel, which allows visitors to see and buy works from the galleries of many countries in one stop, is reflected in its growth. It has gotten bigger every year, having grown from 90 exhibiting galleries from 10 countries to 300 galleries from more than 20 countries. Attendance has skyrocketed from 16,000 to almost 100,000. That’s a lot of passengers for private and rented business jets.

Even if not attending one of the famous events, elite travelers fly in on private jets just to see the beauty of Zurich or, of course, to ski in the Alps.

Airport Information

Four FBOs at ZRH

Zurich Airport, also known as Zurich Kloten Airport, is the largest international airport of Switzerland. It is located eight miles north of the center of Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH) is the hub for business and financial dealings in Zurich and surrounding cities such as Baden, Luzern, Winterthur and Zug. And, besides the kudos and awards it gets from commercial travelers, it is also a top-rated general aviation airport with four fixed-base operators to service privately owned or chartered business jets. All operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide immigration and customs.

They are:

Jet Aviation

Located just fifteen minutes from downtown Zurich, Jet Aviation touts itself as being a convenient entry point to many international events – such as the World Economic Forum – and also to the many nearby ski and mountain resorts.

Jet Aviation - Zurich

Jet Aviation. Picture Source.

Amenities include:

  • Executive and crew transportation
  • Valet parking
  • Coordination of hotel accommodation and catering
  • More than 2,200 international newspaper titles
  • Wi-Fi
  • Aircraft cleaning
  • Jet A-1 and Avgas 100LL.
  • Executive lounge and conference room
  • Crew lounge, snooze rooms and shower room
  • Slot arrangement

ExecuJet

ExecuJet says it provides a diverse range of FBO and aircraft aviation services solutions to accommodate VIP, diplomatic and crisis flights.

Amenities include:

  • Flight planning
  • Arrange overflight and landing clearances
  • Organize inflight catering
  • Ground handling and concierge services
  • Valet
  • Hangar security
  • Limousine transfers
  • First-class lounges
  • Work and rest areas with Wi-Fi
  • Refreshments, newspapers and magazines

Cat Air Service

Cat Air Service was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between the charter company, Cat Aviation, and the maintenance and handling facility, Air Service Basel.

Cat Air Service - Zurich

Cat Air Service. Picture Source.

Its amenities include:

  • Private lounge with restaurant capabilities
  • Conference rooms
  • Waiting area
  • Private car parking area
  • Valet parking
  • Limousine and taxi booking
  • Hotel reservations
  • Rental car reservations
  • Crew snooze and shower rooms
  • Crew briefing area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dishwashing facilities
  • Ice machine
  • Refrigerated storage area
  • Refreshments

Swissport

Zurich Airport is one of 80 bases in 22 countries that are provided ground-handling services for private and corporate jets by Swissport Executive Aviation (SEA) and PrivatPort.

Amenities include:

  • Passenger and crew assistance
  • Traffic rights and landing permits
  • Flight planning and weather
  • Aircraft charter reservation
  • Change aircraft charter reservation
  • Catering arrangements
  • Hotel and restaurant reservations
  • Limousine and car rental

Everything Swiss

No matter the reason for travelling to Zurich – the best way to get there is to charter a private jet into ZRH – one must experience all things Swiss. There are the financial forums and the skiing, but there is much more. The famous Swiss.

The Swiss of Swiss cheese, Swiss chocolate and Swiss banks.

Swiss cheese

What is its origin and why does it have holes in it?

Many of us love Swiss cheese for its famous holes but, among the more than 450 varieties of Swiss cheese, many kinds have no holes at all. Emmentaler is the distinctive holey cheese and is the most exported Swiss cheese, with Le Gruyère a close second.

About half the milk produced in Switzerland is turned into cheese, according to thelocal.com.

Switzerland exports about a third of the cheese it makes, customizing it to the preference of its customer countries. According to Switzerland Cheese Marketing, Italians like plenty of holes while the French prefer it sans trous.

Germany, according to thelocal.com, buys just under half of all Swiss cheese exports. Italy takes 16 percent; the United States buys 13 percent; and France takes 7 percent.

Why are there holes in Swiss cheese? The latest theory is they are made by tiny pieces of hay in the milk, which explains why the holes are disappearing. The milk is cleaner. It had been believed the holes were caused by bacteria producing carbon dioxide, which resulted in the air pockets.

By the way, the best and sweetest Swiss cheese is marked fromage d’alpage/Alpkäse. That means it was made from the milk produced in the summer months by cows taken to mountain pastures in the spring and returned in the fall. It is then made in the traditional manner right on the pasture with milk from cows whose diet consists of mountain herbs and flowers.

Swiss chocolate

The Swiss know their chocolate. With the per capital annual consumption of 25 pounds a year, they don’t really need experts to tell them what good chocolate is. Switzerland was one of the first countries to produce chocolate, according to houseofswitzerland.org.

In 1819, François-Louis Cailler opened a mechanized production facility in Corsier-sur-Vevey above Lake Geneva. Then, in 1875, Daniel Peter combined milk with chocolate, making the perfect mixture and forever linking chocolate to Switzerland. In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt created the process that made the first ever melt-in-the-mouth chocolate.

Swiss bank accounts

Why are they so famous and why do they conjure up visions of hidden wealth?

The main benefits of Swiss bank accounts, according to investopedia.com, are their low level of financial risk and high level of privacy. The Swiss economy is one of the most stable in the world and Swiss law tries to keep it that way by requiring that banks have high capital requirements and strong depositor protection. Privacy is protected by Swiss law that prohibits banks from disclosing any information regarding an account – even its existence – without the depositor’s permission. But, to make sure the deposited money isn’t dirty, Swiss anti-money-laundering regulations require depositors to provide proof about the origin of the funds being placed in an account.

ICAO LSZH
IATA ZRH
LOCATION Zurich, Switzerland
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
34/16 12139 197 CON 1415.08197
32/14 10827 197 CON 1415.08197
28/10 8202 197 CON 1415.08197

FBOs at Zurich Airport, LSZH, ZRH

Name Address Phone Website
Execujet Switzerland Avia Svcs BUSINESS AVIATION CENTER (414) 487-5628
Jet Aviation GENERAL AVIATION CENTRE - Jet Aviation Terminal Zurich Airport Zurich CH-8058 SWITZERLAND +41 58 158 8466
Mfg Aviation Handling +41 44 651 2211
Jet Aviation Bimenzaltenstrasse, 8058 Zurich, Switzerland +41 58 158 84 66
Jet Aviation Ag, Zurich Airport Branch Zurich Airport Branch PAH ZRH G6 P.O. Box 205 CH-8058 Zurich-Airport / Switzerland vip.zrh@jetaviation.ch +41 58 158 8466
Privateport +41223061260 www.swissport-executive.com
Execujet Bimenzältenstrasse 75/Business Aviation Center, 8058 Zürich, Switzerland +41 44 87 65 656 www.execujet.com/en/service/fbo/
Cat Air Service Ag General Aviation Center P.O. Box 2221 8060 Zurich Airport / Switzerland +41 (0)43 816 08 08 www.cat-airservice.com

METAR Weather Data

Zurich Airport
  • Weather Light Rain
  • Observed 03:13 AM
  • Temperature 10 °C, 50 °F
  • Preticipation 0.1 mm
  • Humidity 100%
  • Pressure 1010 mb
  • Cloud Cover 100%
  • Visibility 9%
  • Wind Speed: 2mph, 4km/h
  • Wind Direction: 134°, SE

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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.
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