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After 12.5 hours flight arrived at Zurich-Kloten International Airport.

The photo was taken in Main Transit Terminal Building Interior.

Zurich-Kloten International Airport is Switzerland’s largest airport, and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. It serves Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, and, with its good surface transport links, much of the rest of the country. The airport is located 13 km north of downtown Zurich.

Zurich Airport has three runways of 3,700 m, 3,300 m and 2,500 m in length.

The airport has three airside piers, which are known as docks A, B and E.

A central air-side building is directly linked to docks A and B (see photo), which take the form of finger piers. Dock E, as the midfield terminal is now known, is connected to the central air-side building by an automated underground train, known as the Skymetro.

Dock A is exclusively used by flights to and from the Schengen Area (group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders), whilst dock E is exclusively used by flights outside the Schengen Area. Dock B can be used by all flights.

The ground-side terminal complex comprises several buildings, and includes several airline check-in areas, a shopping mall, a railway station, car parks, and a bus and tram terminal. Departing passengers access the departure level of the central air-side building, which includes duty-free shopping and various bars and restaurants, via airport security.

Passengers are segregated between Schengen and non-Schengen areas on the way to the respective docks, with non-Schengen passengers passing through emigration controls.

Schengen and non-Schengen arriving passengers are handled in separate areas of the central airside building, with non-Schengen passengers passing through immigration controls to reach the ground-side terminal complex.

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