Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Faster progress through Zurich Airport

Alexander Knorn, project manager at Zurich Airport

The new security check building at Zurich Airport opened to the travelling public on 1 December. This state-of-the-art facility offers passengers greater comfort and also looks very sharp.

The night of 30 November to 1 December 2011, during which Dock B and the security check building became operational, was long indeed. I have been intensely involved with work on the security check building in recent years. As project manager I was responsible, together with my colleagues, for the coordination of planning and implementation. This has been an incredibly exciting experience and a unique challenge at this location.

Thanks to the new building with its 26 checkpoint lanes on four levels, passengers and airport employees can now be checked more efficiently. Passengers commencing their travel in Zurich now proceed through security directly after having their boarding pass checked. This centralised check enables the airport to react more flexibly to peak periods. The waiting periods at the gates are considerably shorter and the security check building gives travellers more time for shopping or enjoying a cup of coffee without having to rush.

Travellers can now spend more time enjoying the unique atmosphere of the airport. Nothing at the security check building is left to chance. The conspicuously rounded ceiling lights in different sizes do more than serve an aesthetic purpose. The free arrangement of the lighting offers the required flexibility in terms of layout for any future operational or structural modifications and also presents a consistent appearance on each level. I was consistently pleased by the teamwork of all parties involved in this project. From external project management to the IT specialists from Zurich Airport AG, everybody worked together on this fascinating project. The result is something to be proud of. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Here you can find more information about the project and the new security check building. Have a look at the video made by Zurich Airport about their new security check building.


  1. Many would thank you for this tremendous effort. It's great that you want travelers to feel more comfortable when they travel.

  2. When something does go missing from your baggage though and it still does, then you're out of pocket as the handler, nore the insurance company takes any responsiblity, very nice site, but not real life!!!!

  3. Michael Aldridge - Swiss Lufthansa Gold Senator since 200202 March, 2012 11:55

    What you failed miserably at is the fact that frequent travellers are given such a rough deal, as a Gold Senator I still have to always go through economy gates and long queues (although much better organized than many other airports).
    I travel every week and three times a month long haul to mainly New York. I probably spend more than your business class passengers who are bank rolled by rich banks, however, only travel once in three months, why do you treat loyalty and frequency with such contempt - it can only mean you see business class as more valuable to your airport?

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