Geneva is Switzerland's second-most populous city ia one of the world's major centers of international diplomacy. Like most cities in Switzerland, Geneva is a marvel of public transportation efficiency.
Geneva Airport formerly known as Cointrin Airport, is 4 km northwest of the city centre and has direct connections to motorways, bus lines and railways. Passengers on flights to or from France do not have to go through Swiss customs and immigration controls if they remain in the french sector of the airport. The airport has a single runway, which is the longest in Switzerland. It is a major hub for EasyJet Switzerland and Darwin Airline, a focus city for Swiss International Air Lines and former hub for Swiss Worlds Airways. Geneva airport has two terminals . T1, also known as main terminal M is divided into 5 piers, A, B, C, D and F. Pier A and some gates at pier D are Schengen gates. Passengers that board flights at those gates are not subjected to passport checks. Gates at pier B, C, and some at pier D, are used for flights leaving the Schengen area. Pier C is used mostly for widebody aircraft. A new terminal project named Elle Est starting in 2012, will modernize and extend Pier C following a complete reconstruction. The new pier will be able to accommodate up to six widebody aircraft at once, including and Airbus A380 capable gate. There is a railway station with trains to Geneva Cornavin station, and other cities in Switzerland. There are local buses that stop at the airport. There are also buses to and from Annecy, France, and also seasonal buses to ski resort Chamonix in France and ski resorts in Switzerland.