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Zurich Airport gains in economic importance

With over 27,000 jobs, Zurich Airport generates added value of 5 billion Swiss francs, a new study finds. Responsible for a large share of exports from Switzerland, it also ensures international links to the country as a whole.

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A recent study from the research institutes BAK Economics and Infras confirms the significant economic importance of Zurich Airport. Around 280 companies based at the airport provided over 27,000 people with jobs in 2016, which means there are as many jobs at the airport as in the cities of Schaffhausen or Thun. 

The economic activities of the companies based at the airport generate added value of some 5 billion Swiss francs. Together with investments in infrastructure and purchases from suppliers in the region, the total added value is on the scale of that of the cantons of Glarus and Nidwalden together.

Zurich Airport also accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s exports in terms of value. According to the study, there is often no alternative to airfreight for expensive and sensitive products such as medications, precision instruments and watches.

The airport also creates “key prerequisites for a region aiming to position itself as a business location among international competitors” by contributing to the good accessibility of the Zurich region and Switzerland as a whole.  

“Zurich is still very accessible – in both global and continental terms – and is therefore an attractive location for internationally active companies,” according to the study. 

The airport offers direct connections to 178 destinations.

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