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Ukraine Peace Summit 2024

Summit on peace in Ukraine

Bern - 16.06.2024 - Restrictions linked to the high-level conference on peace in Ukraine will be lifted on Sunday, 16 June at 23:59 (local time).



Implementing U-space airspace

Preparations for the first U-space in Swiss airspace are well under way. At its meeting on 14 June, the Federal Council approved the revised ordinances designed to implement the European U-space regulatory package, which Switzerland adopted on 24 November 2022. U-space allows the safe integration of drones into airspace and facilitates complex operations.

Night flights at Zurich Airport

Zurich airport

Summit on Peace in Ukraine: FOCA authorises night flights at Zurich Airport

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is relaxing night flight restrictions at Zurich Airport for the nights of 15/16 June and 16/17 June. This means that state delegations attending the summit on peace in Ukraine will be able to travel to and from the conference by plane, alongside ongoing flight operations. Delays to scheduled services are to be expected.

Agreement with Bangladesh

Electrically powered aircrafts

Switzerland and Bangladesh sign bilateral air service agreement

The director of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, Christian Hegner, signed the agreement on 4 June in Bern. It had already been approved by the Federal Council at its meeting on 22 November 2023. The agreement, the first of its kind between the two countries, reflects the Federal Council's efforts to ensure that Switzerland is connected to as many intercontinental destinations as possible via traffic rights.



Rope Tracker: Making cables visible

Start of the 2024 alp season: Helicopter pilots fly food and materials for up a mountain to an alp. Danger lurks in rough terrain. For example, the more than 1,500 cableways and ziplines for transporting hay in Switzerland. The aim is to determine their precise location. Rope Tracker – a technological achievement by the FOCA – makes this possible.

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and is charged with ensuring that the high safety standards in civil aviation in Switzerland are maintained, and with pursuing a policy of sustainable development.


Drones and aircraft models

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Sachplan Verkehr, Teil Infrastruktur Luftfahrt (SIL)

Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)

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