Corona crisis: the Zurich airport expects significant losses

The Zurich airport believes that as a result of the corona crisis for the current year, with significant revenue losses. The airport chief Stefan said Contrar

Corona crisis: the Zurich airport expects significant losses

The Zurich airport believes that as a result of the corona crisis for the current year, with significant revenue losses. The airport chief Stefan said Contrary to this year's annual media conference. Since the epidemic has spread to Europe, transferred, particularly in the short-term flight bookings solid. As a result, many Airlines have cancelled flights. Only the Swiss and its parent company, Lufthansa, reducing their offer in March and April by about half. The airport itself was recorded on individual days in March to a fifth fewer passengers than usual.

Detailed Figures and forecasts for the current year would not Illegal and its chief financial officer Lukas Brosi announce: "it is Still not possible to predict how the situation develops." Currently, it is the ongoing operation "at any time to ensure", thus Illegal. On the one hand, the airport must be able to provide at any time enough personnel, on the other hand, may be used to fulfill additional requirements of the authorities. "We are ready", said Stefan Tschudin, head of the operations.

the emergency plan has proven itself

For the case that the authorities have further restrictions, there has long been a contingency plan, which had already proven itself once, so Tschudin: at the beginning of February, a Swiss machine with a Corona-suspect case landed. The passengers had to wait in some hours on the plane, were able to travel without restrictions. The sick travellers, a Swiss crew member, was later tested negative. Currently operating as normal, passengers can leave and enter.

little impact on the corona crisis on the shops at the airport, so Illegal. Only the gastronomy sense in the train of falling passenger numbers, a certain degree of decline, especially on the air side.

Cautiously optimistic

in Spite of the currently uncertain position of the airport is shown for the future with cautious optimism: The group is robust and sound. As chief financial officer Lukas Brosi expected in the real estate business for this year, additional income of approximately 30 million Swiss francs. Especially the one on the 1. September planned opening of the Circle is flush more money into the coffers. This includes investment in airports, especially in Brazil and India. Both are lucrative businesses. It is also the Virus will not change anything.

in addition, a record was set in 2019, again year. The airport was one of 31.5 million passengers, as many as never before. Although the number of local passengers grew barely, in some months even recorded a decline. The increase in the number of transfer passengers has made this more than betting: their number increased by 4.2 percent to 9.2 million. From the point of view of the airport-CEO Stefan Contrary to the "particularly positive": in Spite of the growth in the number of disputed flights decreased after 23 h of nearly 15 percent. This is due primarily to an increase in the noise charges.

the financial statements was "very gratifying," said chief financial officer Lukas Brosi. In the airline business, the output is 661 million Swiss francs will be similar to that of 2018. In the commercial business, with a strong increase of nearly 11 per cent, with almost 550 million Swiss francs of income.

Created: 10.03.2020, 11:51 PM

Updated Date: 10 March 2020, 16:03

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