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Geneva • Cointrin Int'l Airport [GVA/LSGG] Switzerland


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Geneva Airport (IATA: GVA, ICAO: LSGG), formerly and still unofficially known as Cointrin Airport, is the international airport of Geneva, the second most populous city in Switzerland. It is located 4 km northwest of the city centre. Geneva airport was created in 1919 as a simple field in Cointrin, 1937 saw construction of the first concrete runway. In 1938 eight airlines were flying to Geneva: Swissair, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Malert (Hungary), AB Aerotransport (Sweden), Alpar (Switzerland) and Imperial Airways (UK). The Authorities build a first terminal in 1946 and the runway was enlarged once more to 2000 m. In 1947 the first service to New York started with a Swissair Douglas DC-4. On 17 July 1959, the first jet aircraft landed in Geneva, an SAS Caravelle, and the first Boeing 747 (TWA) in 1970. Today GVA serves as a hub for Swiss International Air Lines and easyJet Switzerland.



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