Regulations governing night-time movements
As required by federal law, Genève Aéroport is permanently open and accessible to all aircraft, subject to the regulations governing night-time movements and any other restrictions imposed by the operator.
Takeoffs and landings of commercial flights are allowed at Genève Aéroport between 06:00 and 24:00. After 24:00, planes that are behind schedule are allowed to take off or land until 00:30. Scheduled flights, charter flights, and also non-scheduled commercial movements and charter movements (general aviation) are commercial flights.
Night time lasts from 22:00 to 24:00. Airlines may plan flights timetabled (takeoffs and landings) between 22:00 and 24:00.
Takeoffs and landings by non-commercial flights are authorised at Genève Aéroport between 06:00 and 22:00. There are exceptions for non-commercial movements that are behind schedule, authorised after 22:00.
Genève Aéroport does not authorise flights before 06:00 and has absolutely no intention of doing so.
Movements after 00:30
A certain number of flights are not subject to any restriction. This is particularly the case for emergency landings and also for take-offs and landings in connection with search and rescue flights, ambulance and police flights, disaster rescue flights, flights by Swiss military aircraft, and flights by state aircraft authorized by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).
In addition, for exceptional unforeseen events the airport operator may grant waivers for movements after 00:30.
When necessary, airlines submit a request to Genève Aéroport for a waiver for the arrival or departure of a flight after 00:30. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to special attention. Genève Aéroport considers each request thoroughly and will not grant an exemption if the exceptional and unforeseen nature of the events underlying the application does not justify it, regardless of the operational and financial consequences for airlines, and the inconvenience caused to passengers when a flight is cancelled or diverted to another airport.
Information sent to FOCA
Each month, Genève Aéroport sends FOCA the figures for the number of takeoffs and landings made between 22:00 and 06:00.
The circumstances in which waivers are granted for movements after 00:30 are reported to the Office.