Known primarily for its winter sports, the surrounding region has very much more to offer! In the immediate proximity, you can enjoy exquisite culinary experiences with century-old wine-making heritage and Michelin star restaurants. Thermal springs and hiking can be enjoyed amid breathtaking scenery. International events take place in the region, like the famous Omega European Golf Masters and the FIS Ski World Cup in the Crans-Montana resort. Valais has endless activities and discoveries to suit all interests, including cultural events such as the Verbier Art Summit, music festivals like Zermatt Unplugged, museums, traditional Carnivals and hiking/trail competitions.
The surrounding region is a fast growing, high potential area with dynamic tourism. In the year 2018, the region recorded nearly 15 million overnight stays.
Switzerland is well known for its watch factories and chocolate but also for its beautiful high mountains. In Valais you don’t have to worry about snow conditions as most of our resorts are above 1500m and in nine of them skiing can be enjoyed at an altitude of 3000m! Last year, no fewer than 9 million skier days were spread amongst the multiple ski resorts, nearly all reachable within one hour by car, helicopter taxi or public transport. Resorts like Zermatt, Crans-Montana, Verbier - 4 Vallées, Val d'Anniviers or Chamonix.
When we talk about Switzerland we all think of its most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. The good news is: Zermatt, the magnificent village at its foot, and its ski resort, are only minutes away from our airport.
On top of leisure activities, the region cultivates a dynamic ecosystem where innovation, research and development are key. Near the airport you can find the Swiss University of Applied Sciences, a range of research institutes as well as established multinational firms and innovation parks, all making the region a key economical player. It is on these parks that a great diversity of ideas come to life - and it happens right here in Valais. One successful example is right on the airport itself, where we have H55, a swiss SOLAR IMPULSE spin-off which aims at certifying an all electric trainer aircraft.
Created in 1935, Sion Airport has an important military background thanks to its strategic location in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Today, the civil airport is home to a variety of aviation businesses with a stunning 10% average traffic growth in the past years. As of today, our most important markets are in Business Jet and Helicopter activities (VIP, SAR, and Aerial-work). Additionally we host flying schools, General Aviation companies and we also provide maintenance and hangar facilities.
With recently renovated APRON and Runway surfaces, Sion airport can accommodate two C-code aircrafts simultaneously. Our technical and Operational Procedures enable us to welcome the A320 family and B737 aircraft with ease. Indeed, to land on our 2000m x 40m asphalt runway you can use modern RNAV RNP or IGS approaches, making your operations not just scenic but reliable.
In Sion, we put the client’s experience at the heart of our processes. The internationally recognized FBO team will meet any client's needs with the required Swiss quality, privacy and flexibility. The newly refurbished and extended terminal now enables passengers to enjoy swift check-in, security and boarding processes. Moreover, the professional Ground Handling team can easily perform 30-minute rotations, making for a very quick turnaround time.
Sion Airport currently has regular seasonal routes to the UK and Portugal, both operated by Swiss International Air Lines. Boosted by these successful operations and high load factors, Sion Airport aims at further expanding and developing its routes network. To attract new entrant carriers, we offer a very attractive incentive and marketing scheme to support your operations.
Come fly to Sion Airport now and make your Operations take off!