Geneva Airport gets sunny news after ashy gloom

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Inauguration of Altitude, part of the recent overhaul of restaurants and bars at Geneva Airport

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) - Geneva Airport is in the black for 2009: the good news about its CHF40 million in profits for last year comes as the airport is getting back to work after a six-day closure due to volcanic ash from Iceland.

Geneva International Airport had turnover of CHF295 million for 2009, and airport authorities, in announcing the figures Monday, say development plans for the airport can move ahead.

Traffic slipped by 1.7 percent in 2009, compared to the strong figures of 2008, and commercial revenue was down to 21.4 percent of overall revenue, compared to 24.9 percent in 2008, from shops and restaurants at the airport. For the first time in several years the air traffic revenues were higher than those from non-flight financial operations.

Airport’s annual financial report, in French under  “institutionelle”