Geneva Cointrin International Airportserves the city of Geneva, the second most populous city in Switzerland and capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. One of the best airports in Europe, it is interestingly located on the Swiss-France border, resulting in some confusion - part of the airport compound is technically in France, while the other part is in Switzerland. As such, the airport is split into the French sector and the Swiss sector, and proper identification documents are required to pass into each side from the other.
The airport serves close to 50 airlines that fly to about 100 destinations worldwide, and handles more than 13 million passengers yearly.
There are 2 terminals within Geneva Airport - Terminal 1 and 2 - but only Terminal 1 is in use all year round. It is generally considered the main terminal and is segregated into 5 different piers: A, B, C, D and F (the French sector).
Terminal 2 is used only for select flights during winter, and can be reached from Terminal 1 via the TPG bus or on foot.
Services and Facilities
A large variety of shops and restaurants can be found at the Airport Shopping Area, located one floor above the railway platform. This includes a tax-free zone where goods can be purchased at a reduced price. For visitors wanting some rest and relaxation, lounges like Swissport Horizon Lounge and Premium Geneva are available for some peace and tranquility and light foods.
For some shut-eye, airport hotels are a-plenty around Geneva International Airport. There are more than 15 hotels within a 1-kilometre radius of the airport (as of February 2015).
Other facilities available within the airport include a business corner, meditation room, shower facilities, a solarium, smoking area, play and children’s areas, banks, post offices, dry cleaning and shoemaking services, and 90 minutes of free wi-fi throughout the airport.