Annual Report of Flughafen Zürich AG


Highlights 2018

January 31

opening of AIR: a dining experience at ZRH

The new AIR restaurant that opened at the beginning of the year with over 500 covers and seating for a further 250 on its outdoor terrace is proving highly popular among passengers, employees and visitors, which is also reflected in its healthy turnover.

March 19

Groundbreaking ceremony for baggage system expansion project

Spring sees the official start in the form of the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and refurbishment of Zurich Airport’s baggage handling system. The construction project will be implemented during ongoing operations until the end of 2025 and upon completion will ensure greater baggage handling capacity.

September 01

70,000 visitors celebrate 70 years of Zurich Airport

In its 70th anniversary year, Zurich Airport opened its doors on 1-2 September and welcomed airport fans, families and interested members of the public to an airport experience weekend. A wide-ranging programme featuring airshows, exhibitions, guided tours, bus tours and concerts took place at eight event areas.

September 13

Ten new “Golf” stands came into operation

In the south of the airport, to the west of Hangar 3, ten new stands for aircraft handling came into operation in September. The airport is thus expanding its offering for air travel within Europe.

December 17

Record: Zurich Airport welcomes its 30 millionth passenger

For the first time ever, more than 30 million passengers passed through Zurich Airport in one year. A delegation from Flughafen Zürich AG welcomed the 30-millionth passenger of 2018 in person.


New tenants for THE CIRCLE

A number of new rental contracts were signed in 2018. Microsoft Switzerland is moving its Swiss headquarters to Zurich Airport, Spaces is opening the country’s biggest shared office space, and Raiffeisen Switzerland, isolutions and exciting culinary formats will move into THE CIRCLE in 2020.


“We look back on a successful year in 2018 with stable flight operations, rising passenger volumes and successful commercial centres. With THE CIRCLE and the expansion of our foreign ventures, our strategic growth is on target.”

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Revenue (in CHF)

1,152.9 +11.2% million


571.0 million EBITDA margin 49.5%

Profit (in CHF)

237.8 million –16.7%

Return on invested
capital (ROIC)

7.4 % previous year 8.1%

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freight (in tonnes)



1,754 kWp

Flughafen Zürich AG is investing in sustainable energies such as solar power. In autumn 2018, a new photovoltaic array with a peak output of 686 kWp (kilowatt peak) was commissioned. This boosted the installed capacity for the airport as a whole to 1,754 kWp. In the reporting year, output totalled 1,198 kWp and covered 1.5% of the entire airport’s requirement. Additional photovoltaic arrays will be commissioned in the next few years.