Sion International: the airport for all occasions

Aviation
| The European | 26th November 2015
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Located in the heart of the Valais Alps, Sion International Airport is right next to Switzerland’s largest ski resorts, including Verbier, les 4 Vallées, Crans-Montana, Saas-fee and Zermatt, and close to many thermal resorts. Surrounded by vineyards and with great weather for summer and winter activities, Sion makes the perfect holiday destination.

Sion Airport offers a wide range of facilities accommodating business jets, helicopter transfers, private aircraft arriving for business or holidays, and much more. It also hosts a number of leisure activities, such as leisure flights, and heli-ski.

Sion Airport was inaugurated in June 1935. In the same year, the Municipality of Sion entrusted the Valais section of the Swiss Aero-Club with the operation of the airport. It also opened the first flying school in Valais. The airport’s location at the very centre of the Alps drew interest from the Federal Ministry of Defence, and a contract was signed between the two parties in 1937.

Currently, Sion Airport is the only mixed airport licensed in Switzerland where civilian and military flights are operated side by side.

A new threshold was crossed in 1991, when a new terminal was built and also ILS, an instrument approach and landing system was introduced, which opened the way for charter flights into Sion Airport.

Environmentally aware

Sion Airport is acquiring the means to remain at the cutting- edge of environmental issues. The military Air Force base is its partner in this highly sensitive area, and it collaborates closely with the airport in making every effort to protect the environment.

The airport achieves integrated environmental management aimed at an ever improving environmental performance, and thus guaranteeing its sustainable development.

Respecting the environment means both managing current problems and being on the alert at all times for any new issues that might have an impact.

The local civil aviation services have made real progress in taking environmental priorities into account by managing routes and through operational restrictions, introduced to limit the operation of the noisiest
aircraft.

Further information
www.sionairport.ch

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