SWITZERLAND. Zürich Airport turnover from retail and food & beverage climbed by +5.4% year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2017, hitting CHF524 million (US$529 million). Within this, airside sales surged +9% in the year to date, with landside sales marginally up (+0.7%).

The figures were buoyed by a +6.5% leap in passenger traffic in the year to November, to 27.2 million. This was led by long-haul traffic, which grew by +9.1%, with traffic on European routes up by +5.7% year-on-year.

Turnover per departing passenger fell by -1% in the first 11 months to CHF38.50 (US$38.83), though in airside areas this rose by an encouraging +2.4% (-5.5% landside).

The latest figures show how commercial turnover has climbed though average spend per passenger has struggled to keep pace

In November alone, commercial turnover reached CHF42.4 million (US$43 million), an increase of +6.4% compared to the same month the previous year). The increase divides into +8.7% for airside and +3.4% for landside.

Turnover per departing passenger rose by +2.9% in the month to 40.60 (US$40.95), buoyed by an increase of +5.1% in the airside zone.