With so few flights operating from Basel, we chose to fly home from Germany via Zurich Airport. We arrived a bit early to planespot, but the real story was how desolate the airport was.
Pictures: Desolate Zurich Airport
As we pulled in, it was clear this was not a normal day (or season or year, for that matter). While Zurich is always on the quiet side, today we had the drop-off area to ourselves…all to ourselves.
Inside, we were the only passengers in line to check in for our British Airways flight. No one joined the line, despite a ~20 minute infant ticketing snafu.
Past security, we found a deserted duty free store.
And a mostly empty concourse.
Planespotting? We watched the last United Airlines flight of the season depart for Washington Dulles. United won’t serve Zurich again till spring. But today we were traveling to London.
All lounges were closed (at least the ones that I had access too..I expect one of the SWISS lounges was open). We stopped at Marché for a 5CHF cup of black coffee (Switzerland…). It was one of the only concessionaires open.
After proceeding through an empty passport control, we found our gate area…which was about as full as our flight.
It remains an odd time to fly. In fact, airports have not been emptier in many European cities. While I am hopeful the road recovery will be swift as more are vaccinated, these eerie days of empty airports will be with us for awhile.
My trip was in January 2021. This is part of my “flight” to Germany trip report.