Address: Route de l’Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
IATA airport code: GVA
Height: 430 m
Location: Meyrin / Grand-Saconnex, 4 km from Geneva (city)
Telephone: +41 848 192 020
Node for: EasyJet Switzerland
ICAO airport code: LSGG
Alias: Cointrin Airport and Geneva International Airport
GVA Departures today
Guide on Geneva international airport departures
Geneva airport is known as Cointrin and is situated 4 kilometers northwest of the central city. It is the international airport of Geneva, which is the second-largest city in Switzerland. Swiss International Airlines and EasyJet Switzerland use Geneva International Airport as a center and have most Cointrin departures. It connects to European cities and leisure destinations, and North America, China, and the Middle East.
Geneva Airport departures
The main carriers at Geneva airport are Swiss International Air Lines and easyJet Switzerland. They offer intercontinental but mostly European and season flights. Other options to fly with are TUI Airways, Vueling, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Jet2.com, Iberia, Eurowings, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, British Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air France, Air China, Air Canada. and Aer Lingus. There are of course many other carriers too.
There are hardly domestic flights available but there are European and Intercontinental ones. When flying out of Europe you will likely go for the routes Dubai, Moscow (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo) or New York–JFK. These airports will be used as hub too when heading to a different destination. Most passengers are heading to London. Not to a specific airport but most of them will be used (London City, Southend, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick). Pre-corona around 2,5 million passengers flew this route from Geneva to London. Paris will be the second most busy route to the airports Charles de Gualle and Orly. Other frequent routes are heading to Amsterdam, Porto, Barcelona, Zürich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Madrid.
About Covid at the airport
Before entering Switzerland, you should register your contact details through an electronic personal data registration form or contact cards during the pandemic. People less than 72 years must submit a negative PCR-test. Antigenic test results should be sent, 24 hours before boarding if Covid testing takes a long time before Geneva departures. At the Swiss border, passengers have to submit the negative Covid result or result of antigen test, which was tested before 72 hours. If this is not possible, the passenger must undergo immediate testing at their own cost. Travelers from other countries must quarantine themselves for seven days after showing the negative Covid result can end the quarantine. Till the 10th day, it is mandatory to wear the mask and maintain social distancing.
Baggage and check-in
Terminal opening hours
Terminal 1 is not open in the morning for Geneva flight departures from 12 am to 4 am for security reasons. After the last flight, the access road to the French sector is not open. The last flight is around 12.30 am. When the terminal is closed, no one is allowed inside.
Check-in the day before
During this pandemic, they do not allow check-in formalities on the previous day for GVA airport departures until further notice.
Check-in at the airport
Deadline for check-in
We recommend passengers to present themselves two hours before GVA departures, as the deadline of the check-in varies depending on the airlines. Particularly, during December to April, passengers need to arrive three hours before the Geneva departures.
Deadline for boarding gate
We recommend hat the passengers must present themselves at the boarding gate 30 minutes before the Geneva flight departures.
In some airlines, there is a possibility of checking online. It means, before coming to the airport, the passenger must check-in online, select a seat, and print a boarding pass.
‘Self bag drop’Quick hold baggage drop off’
Some airlines offer quick hold baggage drop-off service at counters. Passengers have to print baggage labels before dropping off their baggage at the ‘self-bag drop’. Passengers who have checked in online with no extra luggage, no oversize luggage, don’t need to go to the counters before GVA departures.
Main rules of the airport site area
- No toleration to any offensive behavior against airport employees.
- It is strictly banned to leave the bagged without the name of the passenger for security purposes.
- The use of motor vehicles inside the surveillance is strictly prohibited.
- The taking of photos/filming for private purposes is permitted but must be done in a manner that respects the privacy and image rights of everyone involved in any situation.