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Passenger luggage


Passenger luggage: allowed and forbidden items

Summertime is traveltime. Do you know what you're allowed to put in your cabin baggage? And in your checked baggage?
E-cigarettes and other electronic devices, batteries, lighters, etc.? It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and only take items that pose no risk to you or other passengers.
Here is an overview of the provisions



Switzerland and China sign bilateral aviation safety agreement

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) have institutionalised their aviation safety cooperation in a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA). The agreement was signed on 7 July 2023 in Bern.

Additional information (press release)

Passenger rights


Get to know passengers' rights

As the competent body for all matters relating to air passenger rights in Switzerland, the FOCA handles more than 4,000 cases per year. A video animation has been produced by the trainee mediamatician to make passengers aware of their rights. In addition, the contents of the website for air passengers are now available in "easy-to-read language", simplifying digital access to FOCA services.

Annual Safety Report 2022

Annual Safety Report 2020

Just published: Annual Safety Report 2022

Significantly more reported incidents in commercial and private aviation, ongoing incidents with helicopters caused by cables and other obstacles, and few incidents with drones: this summarises the safety statistics for 2022. The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) processed almost 12,000 occurence reports in 2022. These contribute to the ongoing improvement of safety on the ground and in the air.

Geneva - dossier après PSIA

Geneva - Dossier après PSIA approved

The dossier prepared on the basis of the Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP), submitted by Geneva International Airport is approved. This decision allows, among others, the setting of new permissible noise levels and the introduction of a quota system for night take-offs delayed after 22:00. This step implements the measures defined in the SAIP to limit air traffic noise. 

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

Regulation and up to date information

Sachplan Verkehr, Teil Infrastruktur Luftfahrt (SIL)

Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP)

The Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan (SAIP) is the federal government's planning and coordination instrument for civil aviation.



Civil aviation statistics comprise data relating to airports and airlines.

Occurrence reporting

Press releases

Note: Most Press releases are only available in German, French and Italian. Please check the FOCA homepage of these languages.  

Press Releases


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