Merging of civil and military air traffic control Implementation and review

Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport

Key facts

In 2001, the Federal Council decided to combine air traffic control for civil and military aviation in a bid to improve airspace management and increase efficiency. A new entity known as skyguide was formed, with almost 8% of its total headcount, i.e. around one hundred jobs, dedicated to carrying out monitoring activities in the military field. Skyguide provides services which are essential for the exercises and operations of the Swiss Air Force. The costs incurred by the Swiss Air Force amount to approximately CHF 36 million per year.