LSZH (Zürich) | A guide on what to expect

LSZH (Zürich) | A guide on what to expect.

Hello Everyone!

Tomorrow LSZH also known as Zurich Airport is featured on the IFATC Schedule. I therefore have created this guide on what to expect and where to park tomorrow.

Everything in this guide is subject to change depending on traffic and the controllers preferences


Terminals

The airport has three airside piers, which are known as terminals A, B and E (also signposted as Gates A, B/D, and E ). These are linked to a central air-side building called Airside Centre. The E Dock is connected to the Airside Center by the Skymetro, an automated underground people mover.

Terminal A / B (Schengen flights)

Terminal A contains gates prefixed A. It is used exclusively by flights to and from destinations inside the Schengen Area, including domestic flights within Switzerland. Terminal A will be torn down and replaced by an entirely new facility from 2021.

Airlines

Adria Airways
Aegean Airlines
Aer Lingus
Air Baltic
Air Europa
Air France
Air Malta
Alitalia
Austrian Airlines
Chair (depending on destination)
Edelweiss (depending on destination)
Eurowings
Finnair
Helvetic (depending on destination)
Iberia
Icelandair
KLM
LOT
Lufthansa
Scandinavian
Swiss (depending on destination)
TAP Air Portugal
Transavia
Vueling

Terminal B / D (non-Schengen)

Terminal B contains gates prefixed B and D. It can accommodate both Schengen and non-Schengen flights at the same gates. Each gate has two numbers, one prefixed B and the other D, but with different passenger routes to and from the gates to separate the flows of Schengen and non-Schengen passengers.

Airlines

Aeroflot
Air Serbia
Bulgaria Air
Cobalt Air
Cyprus Airways
easyJet
Edelweiss (depending on destination)
El Al Airlines
Helvetic (depending on destination)
Montenegro Airlines
Swiss (depending on destination)

Terminal E

Terminal E contains gates prefixed E, and is also known as the midfield terminal or Dock E. It is a stand-alone satellite terminal located on the opposite side of runway 10/28 from the Airside Center , and is situated between runways 16/34 and 14/32. It is entirely used by non-Schengen international flights

Airlines

Air Canada
Air China
American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Delta
Edelweiss (depending on dest.)
Emirates
Etihad
Hainan Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Qatar Airways
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Jordanian
Singapore Airlines
Swiss (depending on dest.)
Thai Airways
United Airlines


Runways

Zurich Airport has three runways which handle all of the arrivals and departures. Depending on the time of day and weather conditions, Zurich Airport employs different runway usage plans with the aim of keeping air traffic as efficient and safe as possible.

Northern approach (Most common)

Description

  • Landings from the north
  • Take offs to the west
  • Take offs to the south with a turn to the east
  • During north-easterly winds, take offs to the east

Runway utilisation

  • Landings: Runways 14 and 16
  • Take-offs: Runways 28 and 16 & Runway 10 (during north-easterly winds)

Eastern approach

Description

  • Landings from the east
  • Take offs to the North

Runway utilisation

  • Landings: Runway 28
  • Take offs: Runway 32 (Runway 34 on some occasions)

Southern approach

Description

  • Landings from the south
  • Take offs to the north & west

Runway utilisation

  • Landings: Runway 34
  • Take offs: Runways 32 and 34, occasionally Runway 28

Charts

Want to do a realistic approach into Zürich? You can prepare yourself with the charts linked below. Please remember if Approach is active expect a deviation from your flightplan.

Charts for LSZH

Diversion Airports

Charts for LSGG (Geneva)
Charts for LFSB (Basel)
Charts for LSGS (Sion)
Charts for EDNY (Friedrichshafen)


FAQ

Where does the A380 park?

The A380 parks at the E Dock

What is the largest aircraft allowed into Zürich?

Technically all of the Infinite Flight fleet can land at Zürich. So don’t worry about the size of your aircraft.

Is General Aviation allowed at Zürich?

Yes! There’s plenty of GA parking near runway 28. Zürich airport even have a Flight school and Flying club based at the airport.

Any other questions just ask below!


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thanks for that. Everyone please follow that tomorrow.

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Very interesting, I’ll be sure to follow that in the future!

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Wow thanks! Should be very helpful for tomorrow, and the future!

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Nice! This is really good for pilots who aren’t familiar with LSZH, awesome thread!

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Thank you everyone! I hope to see a lot of you at LSZH tomorrow.

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Thank you very much for this great guide of one of my favourite airports! Really well made.

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Thank you for putting together this thread this’ll be helpful whenever I fly into Zurich.

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Who would’ve thought that your nice post about this cool airport, originally made in May, would come in handy for a IFATC schedule for Wednesday for 12 August 😵🤯😂

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Great map!!

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Warning

When landing on runway 14 please make sure you don’t slow down too early. The runway exits are almost at the end of the runway at the start of 32.

Thank you

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