In Focus

Air Defender 2023

NATO Übung Air Defender 2023

NATO exercice "Air Defender 2023"

From 12 to 23 June 2023, the NATO exercise "Air Defender 2023" will take place in Germany. A "restricted area" will be set up in southern Germany for this exercise. Therefore, delays or even flight cancellations throughout Europe cannot be completely ruled out. Passengers are therefore requested to inform themselves in good time about any flight schedule changes. Visual air traffic in Switzerland is not affected by these restrictions.

Calibration flights nights

Voli di calibrazione

Night calibration flights in Geneva and Zurich airports

As it does every year, the FOCA has authorised calibration flights to take place at Geneva and Zurich airports. The calibration flights are necessary to adjust the air traffic control systems.

Zurich (between 23:30 and 02:00): on the nights of 13-18 March and 1-6 May 2023

Geneva: the nights of 20-21 and 21-22 March and the night of 4-5 September 2023

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.

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.

New FOCA headquarters

Neuer BAZL Standort

New FOCA headquarters

The FOCA is moving!
We look forward to welcoming you to our new headquarters at Papierm├╝hlestrasse 172 in 3063 Ittigen from 14 December 2022.

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.

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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Occurrence reporting