Thursday 7 May 2020

Geneva Airport (Switzerland, 1968)

A stamp to mark the opening of Geneva Airport’s new terminal building back in 1968. It was planned to accommodate 7 million passengers per year, a number which was reached in 1985.

It wasn’t the first time that the airport had created something slightly over-sized: in 1960, the airport’s runway was extended to almost 4km long. This is unusually long for an airport of Geneva’s size and was done in anticipation of the jet age. The runway extension also involved an exchange of land with France. The previous, shorter runway had come to an end at the French border but the only way to extend was to do a deal over some fields…

By absolute coincidence (discovered as I was searching for factoids), this year is the 100th anniversary of Geneva Airport, an event which is being marked by – you guessed it – a commemorative stamp. This makes me happy!

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