Swiss American Historical Society Review

Swiss American Historical Society Review


Konrad Basler


Airport, Zurich, President


On September 24, 1992, my wife and I were waiting at one of the

finger docks at Zurich airport. As the president of the airport's former

building commission, I had come to know its plans intimately. But now I

was more interested in the feelings of those waiting for the transatlantic

flight. Or might 'feelings' be too strong a word for passengers leisurely

sprawling in their seats, reading or dozing as if they were riding to work

on one of Zurich's commuter trains?