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The first landings on the land now known as Geneva Cointrin Airport took place in 1919 on a field in Cointrin, just outside Geneva. In 1945 the runway was lengthened to 1200m and in 1946 a terminal building was opened.
During the 1950s the runway was further extended through a land exchange with the French government.
Geneva Cointrin's increased passenger numbers led to terminal and runway expansion from 1960-1990.
In 2001 the airport's position as an important business jet terminal was recognised with the first EBACE exhibition, which takes place annually in the airport's convention halls.
The airport is located 4 km (2.5 miles) northwest of Geneva city centre, approximately 17 minutes by car. The northern boundaries of the airport run along the Swiss-French border meaning the airport can be accessed from both countries.
Airport Codes: GVA
Elevation: 1411 feet
Geneva Airport has a runway length of 12 795 feet (3900 metres). The runway length is suitable for all private jets from small propellers to large airliners.