With a CHF 30 million renovation to complete, demolition work has begun on the Saanen airport. All buildings except the tower and customs office have been demolished, and will remain until the new building is completed. The older buildings will then be razed and turned into parking lots.
According to officials, the project is on course regarding preparation, demolition, and line excavation.
"There were soil investigations with regard to contaminated sites," said Chairman of the Board, Flight Cooperative Gstaad-Saanenland, Walter Egger. “The land near the tank system does not seem to be contaminated at the moment.”
Flight operation is guaranteed during the demolition and construction period. Safety - for the construction workers just like for flight operation - has a very high priority. Roger Trüb is responsible for security, but Egger notes that the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) can arrive at any time to inspect and review compliance.
Roger Trüb will take his place on the flight deck as planned on 1 May. The 48-year-old is an experienced airfield manager who spent eleven years at the airfield in Birrfeld, Aargau.