As the home of the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well as unique research facilities like CERN – the city of Geneva in Switzerland has risen as a global centre for diplomacy, science, and business. Genève Aéroport (GVA) – was created in 1919 as part of the city’s ambition to attain the international status it has today. The current terminal building, dating back to 1968, has been extended and developed - creating an evolutionary collage of structures that lack the flexibility and adaptability for future development.
As the first step in overcoming these constraints, we assessed the ultimate facility sizing for the year 2040 – before then scaling back to create a roadmap of feasible development milestones that would allow for a phased programme of development.
We incorporated an assessment of the future need for commercial areas and facilities that went beyond functionality and processing capacity. To enhance the customer experience and passenger journey and bring maximum value we incorporated solutions such as:
A further challenge, central to the airport’s ambitions was the improvement of intermodal travel options and promoting the airport’s capabilities as an intermodal hub.
In Geneva, many of the major organisations (WHO, WTO, CERN, etc.) are located within 15-minute journeys from the airport, in addition to numerous ski-resorts. With a strong location, GVA needed intermodal facilities to match – helping to promote public transport and sustainable travel to and from the airport.
To answer this need we designed a new intermodal hub that consolidated taxis, buses, and parking spaces for arriving and departing passengers. The single location, on top of the airport’s railway station, is planned as part of a Terminal expansion in front of the existing terminal. Together they’ll provide seamless integration of air, rail, and public transport, with optimum customer experience.
Elsewhere we explored ‘quick wins’ that could improve the current capacity of different areas in the existing terminal. This included:
With such a comprehensive overhaul of the airport’s terminals and operations, collaboration was crucial. At key stages in the process, we utilised GVA’s well-established framework to liaise with stakeholders – considering their myriad concerns and operational challenges as part of our planning process.
"From developing our position as an intermodal hub, promoting public transport, to the optimisation of our existing footprint and assets – NACO helped us think in opportunities, not constraints. Now we can build the best airport possible for our passengers and partners."