The CAP2030 project, which will eventually see the replacement of the main terminal (T1 from 1968) at Geneva Airport, is taking off.
Genève Aéroport has awarded the contract for the CAP2030 project to Losinger-Marazzi-Bouygues (LMB). With work due to start in 2026, including the creation of an ambitious bus-train-car-bike-airplane interchange, this first stage should be completed in 2032.
CAP2030 is the cornerstone of Genève Aéroport's investments over the next few years. The goals are multiple: meeting standards, offering more space and comfort for users and employees, improving the transfer of passenger modal shares (continuing to increase the use of public transport) with an adapted infrastructure, reinforcing commercial capacity and being exemplary in terms of energy efficiency. The investment is currently estimated at some CHF600m.
The main feature of the CAP2030 project, associated with the creation of a new modal platform with the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), is the construction of new areas while maintaining the continuity of current operations.
Over the course of a year, three projects competed for the first stage of the terminal upgrade through parallel study mandates (MEP). At the end of these mandates, the projects were subjected to a meticulous evaluation based on precise analyses formalised by nearly 60 experts from within and outside Genève Aéroport, as well as experts from the SBB. This decision is based on the unanimous recommendation of the jury and was presented to the Geneva Airport Board of Directors at its meeting on October 31, 2023. The award of the contract may be appealed by the parties whose project was not selected.
The award of this design-build contract marks the implementation of CAP2030, the first stage in the replacement of the main terminal (T1). The current building, constructed in 1968, will reach an advanced state of disrepair by 204, according to the airport operator.
This first stage will take the form of a 40,000m2 extension to the forecourt on the motorway side, freeing up space for the second stage. This will enable check-in, security control and part of baggage arrival to be moved to this space from 2032. In a second phase, the option will be taken to renovate or rebuild the remaining part of the existing terminal, while maintaining operational activities.
Partnership with SBB
The SBB supports the project and has agreed in principle to the creation of the new multimodal platform in 2019. To adapt the terminal, public transport will have to be relocated above the railway station, and the upper floors of the station will be demolished. The demolished areas will be replaced by Genève Aéroport, and the shopping arcade will be unified. As a result, passengers will be able to benefit from efficient connections with public transport, as well as a continuous journey, with a coherent retail offer and design.
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