Buochs Airport is situated in the heart of Switzerland, in canton Nidwalden.

Canton Nidwalden is home to many small and medium-sized firms.

Pilatus Aircraft, the aircraft manufacturer, is the biggest employer.
Many of the region’s industrial outfits are specialised in machine construction,
medical devices, international trade, optics and electronics.

Buochs Airport offers a very attractive location for aviation-based businesses.

Tourism is a major part of the economy in beautiful canton Nidwalden.
The lake and mountains draw large numbers of holidaymakers all year round.
Please see “Links” for a list of websites of popular resorts and attractions in the region.



















































Jan Spycher
Airport Manager

D: +41 41 619 61 28
M: +41 79 794 77 21


Roman Barmettler
Operation Manager

D: +41 41 622 06 11


Yvo Gröbli
Airport Operation

D: +41 41 622 06 11


Andy Jauch
Airport Operation

D: +41 41 622 06 11


Luc Lienhard
Airport Operation

D: +41 41 622 06 11


Nicole Jeger


Marianne Alb

Daniel Birrer

Raphael Meier

Marc Preisig

Lukas Rüdin

Simon Zumbrunnen

Markus Kälin, Präsident

Marc Blöchlinger, Vizepräsident

Stefan Bosshard, Mitglied

Hans Jakob Brunner, Mitglied

Dr. Othmar Filliger, Mitglied

Christian Rambousek, Mitglied




Start of slope construction on the Buochser – Ennetbürger Allmend

Buochser Allmend, on the left Engelberger-Aa in 1937

Group which started preparing a slope in 1937. Wages for married people 80 cents per hour, single people earn 68 to 70 cents per hour.


Start of construction of the Pilatus aircraft factory, hall 1 (today’s hall 10) is already located in the north and hall 2 in the south of the airfield. The first runway will be built where the current 2000 m long main runway is. At that time the runway was 600 x 37.5 m long. From the end of August to November 8th, first active service by Flieger-Firma 17.

Buochs airfield at the beginning of 1940: 600 mx 37.5. The part of the piste where the main piste is today.


Hard surface runway 2 (today’s redundancy runway was built. (Dimensions 900 x 40 m) 15 aircraft shelters, 2 re-establishment tunnels in Bürgenberg and Hall 3 in the south were completed.

Overview of the airfield in summer 1940: The Pilatus area with taxiway, Hall 1 on the Bürgenberg and Hall 2 on the south side of the airfield can already be seen on the map.

Airfield plan 1943: In addition, a hard surface runway (today’s redundancy runway) was built. Dimensions 900 m x 40 m) Hall 3 (used today by SwissInt) is also visible on the plan.


Overview of the airfield in summer 1940: The Pilatus area with taxiway, Hall 1 on the Bürgenberg and Hall 2 on the south side of the airfield can already be seen on the map.

Barriers with traffic lights and guard houses are put into operation.


Five squadrons with Hunters deployed from Buochs airfield


The 600 m runway will be extended to 2000 m for the Mirage operation.

Plan Flugplatz 1962: Since 1962 until today nothing has changed on the runways and taxiways. In the meantime, the main runway has been extended to a length of 2000 m and the redundancy runway to a length of 1500 m. The extensions had become necessary because of the military jet operation.


Move into the new control tower with the barracks in the south of the airfield. Barracks are still needed after 50 years, the control tower was replaced by a new building in 2011.

The TWR Buochs was occupied in 1964 and was in operation until 2011. The barracks still stand today and serve as office space and meeting rooms for Airport Buochs AG.


Nine Hunter squadrons and a special squadron operate from Buochs airfield, Fliegerstaffel 21 operates from the cavern until 1967, where it had to give way to the Mirage IIIS squadrons, procurement of the Tiger F-5.


Submission of an application for company regulations by the business development agency


Foundation of the airport company Airport Buochs AG


BAZL approves the operating regulations


BS cedes air traffic control to Airport Buochs AG, sale of 50% stake in Pilatus Flugzeugwerke


The Federal Supreme Court approves the Complaint Protection Association, and a provisional operational regulation has been in place ever since. Announcement of the closure of the Buochs military airfield and transition to the Sleeping Base.


Retirement of Mirage IIIS with festival and military air show at Buochs airfield


No more jet operations at Buochs airfield, but for many years the Buochs airfield has served as the factory airfield of Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG. Woman is hit by an airplane on the redundancy runway and dies in the process.


Crash of the PC21 prototype on the premises of Buochs airfield


District administrator authorizes cooperative corporations to repurchase the land no longer required by the federal government.

Relocation to the new Tower Buochs


The government council, municipalities and cooperative corporations launch a discussion of variants.


First flight of the Pilatus PC24 – first business jet developed in Switzerland


Aufhebung des Zollflugplatzzwangs für Flüge von der Schweiz nach Deutschland

Nach langer Zeit und vielen Interventionen von allen Seiten ist der Zwang, bei Flügen aus der Schweiz in die EU zuerst einen offiziellen Flugplatz mit Zollabfertigung anfliegen zu müssen, gefallen ...

Ehemaliger Militärflugplatz Buochs dient in Zukunft vollständig zivilen Zwecken

Bern, 17.08.2021 - Das Bundesamt für Zivilluftfahrt BAZL hat die Umnutzung des ehemaligen Militärflugplatzes Buochs (NW) in ein ziviles Flugfeld genehmigt. Es hat der Airport Buochs AG (ABAG) die Bewilligung ...

Das Flugplatzprojekt hat noch wenig Höhe gewonnen

Vor gut drei Jahren stimmte Nidwalden der Beteiligung am Flugplatz Buochs zu. Vom versprochenen selbsttragenden Betrieb ist man aber noch weit entfernt, Einsprachen verzögern den Ausbau. Die Zustimmung war deutlich ...

Nidwalden sagt klar Ja zur Kantonsbeteiligung am Flugplatz Buochs

Fast zwei Drittel der Stimmberechtigten in Nidwalden sprechen sich für eine Staatsbeteiligung am Flugplatz Buochs aus. Der Abstimmungskampf hat hohe Wellen geschlagen. Manch einer im Kanton Nidwalden dürfte froh gewesen ...

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