Switzerland is highly integrated with the EU internal market, including the aviation market, and is a very important partner for the EU.
An EU-level air transport agreement between the EU and Swiss Confederation was signed on 21 June 1999 entered into force on 1 June 2002. This comprehensive agreement allows all EU and Swiss airlines to operate direct flights between any airport in the EU and Switzerland.
Beyond market opening, the agreement also provides a modern framework and high standards for a wide range of aviation issues, such as passenger rights, air traffic management, economic regulation, competition issues or social aspects.
It thereby delivers mutual benefits, provides a platform to take EU- Switzerland aviation relations to a new level and serves to build an ambitious – both broad and deep – aviation partnership.
For further information and figures on EU-Switzerland aviation relations and EU aviation in general, please consult the Atlas of the Sky.