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Annual Safety Report 2023

Annual Safety Report 2020

Published now: Annual Safety Report 2023

The brief overview of the Swiss civil aviation incident statistics 2023: an increasing number of reported incidents in commercial and general aviation, more GPS jamming, more conflicts with drones, two general aviation accidents with a total of five fatalities, more laser attacks. The FOCA processed almost 10 000 incident reports in 2023. These contribute to the ongoing improvement of safety on the ground and in the air.

Runway 28

Umrollung Piste 28

DETEC approves construction project for taxiway routing around runway 28 at Zurich Airport

The DETEC has granted Flughafen Zürich AG planning permission to route a taxiway around runway 28. This will significantly reduce the number of runway crossings by aircraft landing or taxiing for take-off, and meets an important requirement set by the FOCA in a 2012 safety review.

International Women's Day


International Women's Day Pilot's licence no. 48

Else Haugk (1889-1973) was the first Swiss woman to obtain a pilot's licence for fixed-wing aircraft. After training in northern Germany, she was awarded Swiss pilot's licence no. 48 on 11 May 1914. In 2023, the share of female pilot licence holders was just under 5 per cent.

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Carbon neutral flying


Carbon neutral flying: the Federal Council adopts the report

Climate-friendly aviation ? The report «Carbon neutral flying by 2050» sets out technical measures.

The Federal Council adopted the report on 21 February 2024 in fulfilment of a postulate.

Flight personnel statistics


Flight personnel statistics

How many new airline pilot licences were issued in 2023? How many women have a valid licence to fly a helicopter?

Are there more instructors for gliders or for balloons?

Flight personnel statistics answers this and many other questions.

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.

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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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