Zurich Airport risks losing its hub status if flight time restrictions are rolled out, warns the CEO of Lufthansa, the German parent company of Swiss International Air Lines.
Carsten Spohr made the warning in an interview published on Sunday by the Swiss German-language weekly NZZ am Sonntag.
He said that bringing forward take-offs and landings by up to 25 minutes late in the evening, as is currently being discussed, would cause existential problems for hub operations at Zurich Airport.
Without the hub system, Zurich would have to settle for a single-digit number of long-haul destinations, even if the latest small long-haul aircraft were used, according to the Lufthansa CEO.
Spohr downplayed the notion that heated debates on climate change and their focus on air traffic pollution might make a dent on demand for air travel
Spohr criticised the increasingly widespread taxes imposed by some countries on passengers, which he considers to be unfair from the point of view of competition.