World Economic Forum 2017

The world’s “movers and shakers” were once again out in force in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos-Klosters for the annual general meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January – and, as usual, they kept the FBOs extremely busy. Zurich, the closest airport to Davos, allocates some 60 stands for aircraft carrying WEF delegates, while other local facilities at Altenrhein, Friedrichshafen, Dübendorf and Munich played host to aircraft both for parking and for those operating point-to-point.

RANA Director Brian T Richards joined the throng of photographers in Zurich to monitor traffic bringing some 2,500 guests including world leaders, CEOs and heads of numerous organisations. Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden was undertaking one of his last official engagements ahead of the Trump administration, while President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping combined his first visit to the WEF with a Swiss state visit. To the well-informed observer, Zurich’s WEF traffic seemed to be down – a result, perhaps, of a clash with the US presidential inauguration.

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