Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations

This business aviation blog post continues from our article last week, entitled “Flying to the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum – Part 2: Additional Considerations.

Advance planning is always critical, particularly in terms of airport slots and parking, when operating to the Davos 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place Jan 17-20, 2017, in Davos-Klosters Switzerland . Required support services should be arranged well in advance and operators, especially for items such as hotels and transportation. Also, be aware of taxes imposed on any fuel uplifts during this event.

The following is an overview of what you need to know:

1. Support services

Full general aviation (GA) support services and credit are available at both Zurich (LSZH) and Friedrichshafen (EDNY). LSZH has a fixed-base operator (FBO) and a VIP lounge available. Due to increased traffic over the WEF period, FBO services may be slower than normal.

2. CIQ procedures

For LSZH, a maximum of 24 passengers are permitted for handling and customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) clearance at the FBO. If you have more than 24 passengers, inbound or outbound, you’ll need to clear CIQ within the main terminal along with scheduled commercial passengers. Passenger and crew manifests are not needed when clearing at the FBO. However, visas for Switzerland are required for certain nationalities and may not be obtained upon arrival. While immigration clears all flight to/from non-Schengen countries customs clearance is only required for passengers with anything to declare. CIQ clearance onboard aircraft is never an option at LSZH, and private vehicles are not permitted on the ramp to drop off/pick up passengers.

3. Fuel and GSE considerations

LSZH fuel uplifts, by regulation, must be done on the day of departure. Uplift delays may be experienced, particularly on the last day of the event. Be aware that fuel costs are usually higher at EDNY, due to higher value added taxes (VAT) and mineral oil taxes (MOT).

Although ground support equipment (GSE) and tow bars are normally available at both LSZH and EDNY we recommend carrying tow bars due to higher than normal demand during the WEF period.

4. Hotels and local transport

Hotels in Zurich and Davos will be in very high demand over this period, with higher costs and extended cancellation policies. Be aware that many hotels will have reward program options blocked out during this period. There may be crew accommodation availability to consider at EDNY as the hotel situation there is not as tight as Davos or Zurich. For local transport in the Davos area, and between LSZH or EDNY and Davos, requests should be made as soon as the schedule is known.

Helicopter transfers will be in operation between LSZH/EDNY and Davos and, if required, should be booked months in advance. To set up heli transport, be sure to provide passenger count, luggage and schedule and be mindful that these services are weather dependent.


When traveling to LSZH, CIQ is normally completed within the FBO, unless you have more than 24 passengers. Be aware of visa requirements when needed, as they must be obtained in advance. For fuel uplifts, by law, must be done on the day of departure. During this event, there could be delays, so it’s best to allow additional time to complete this. Also, as hotels and transportation will be in high demand, it’s recommended that these services be booked far in advance of the event.

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