Geneva Airport is taking on the colours of Lausanne 2020

Lausanne 2020 and Geneva Airport formalized their partnership today to welcome the 1,880 athletes and their accompanying persons during their stay in Switzerland from January 9th to 22nd 2020. To launch this partnership, a tarmac bus designed in the Lausanne 2020 colours has been inaugurated and will transport thousands of passengers from now on until the start of the Games.

In January 2020, young athletes and their accompanying persons from more than 70 countries will enter Switzerland via Geneva Airport before heading to Vortex, the Youth Olympic Village located in the heart of the Dorigny university campus in Lausanne. The arrival in Geneva will mark the beginning of their Lausanne 2020 experience and it it will set the tone for the rest of their Olympic adventure.

This partnership will give both parties the opportunity to jointly communicate not only in the upcoming months, but also during the Games. It will provide the athletes and spectators with a unique experience upon their arrival.

The official launch of the partnership was also the opportunity to inaugurate the 100% electrical "Lausanne 2020" passenger bus, which has been circulating on the airport floor for several weeks, getting passengers in the atmosphere of the Youth Olympic Games. André Schneider, General Director of Geneva Airport and Ian Logan, CEO of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee took the opportunity to express their common desire to welcome all athletes, supporters and spectators of the Youth Olympic Games in an unforgettable way.

André Schneider, General Manager of Geneva Airport: "What made this partnership attractive for us was the idea of supporting a project with an international influence, combining youth with a French-speaking dimension as the competitions will take place in various cantons as well as in neighbouring France. By integrating new sport disciplines, the Youth Olympic Games constitute a form of laboratory, an interesting visionary experience that Geneva Airport, as a key player in the region's service sector, is particularly happy to encourage and support. We are very proud of this partnership which started a long time ago, with a great activation already during the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang."

Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020: "Geneva Airport will be the official gateway for an entire region, from neighbouring France to Champéry, via the Vallée de Joux, Lausanne and the Vaud Alps. This point of arrival will mark the athletes' first and last moments in Switzerland. We must welcome them in the best possible way, demonstrating Switzerland's excellent know-how in terms of hospitality and immersing them into the Lausanne 2020 experience from the moment they arrive. By combining our organisational and communication efforts with the logistical excellence of Geneva Airport, this is exactly what we are ensuring."

About Lausanne 2020

The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games will take place from 9 to 22 January 2020 with 1,880 athletes (15-18 years old) from more than 80 countries. The competitions will take place in the cantons of Vaud (Lausanne, La Vallée de Joux, Leysin, les Diablerets, Villars), Valais (Champéry), Grisons (St. Moritz) and neighbouring France (Prémanon-Les Tuffes).

About Genève Aéroport

Founded in 1920, Geneva Airport is one of the oldest airport hubs in Europe and will celebrate its hundredth anniversary next year. Since 1994, it is an autonomous public institution and it employs more than 1000 staff members, hosts nearly 200 companies and its airport platform has nearly 11,000 employees.

In 2018, 17.7 million passengers passed through Geneva Airport. Today, Geneva and its region are connected to 148 destinations, served by 57 airlines. Increasingly favouring long-haul flights, the institution redistributes half of its profits to the State of Geneva.

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