Zurich airport had told take-offs and landings had been stopped and Geneva said air traffic will not restart before11 am local time (9 am GMT, 1.30 pm IST).
Switzerland re-opened its airspace Wednesday morning after issues with the air traffic control system – specifically a computer failure – halted take-offs and landings at Geneva and Zurich, and forced aviation authorities to shut airspace.
“Swiss airspace is now open again and air traffic over Switzerland and operations at the national airports of Geneva and Zurich are resuming,” Skyguide, that country’s national air navigation service provider, told.
Zurich Airport tweeted
Zurich airport tweeted: “Flight operations at Zurich Airport are operating again. Flight operations are scheduled at 50% capacity until 09.30 am (local time), and at 75% capability from 09.30 am (local time). We recommend passengers to pay attention to the flight information of the airline.”
News agency AFP quoted Geneva airport officials as telling: “Good news! Air traffic has gradually restarted since 8.30 am (local time)” but cautioning ‘several flights have been revoked.
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Earlier today Skyguide said that a ‘technical malfunction’ had led to Swiss airspace being closed to traffic for safety reasons. “Airspace closure is in effect until further notice,” the agency expressed.
Geneva and Zurich airports
“Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences for its customers, partners, and passengers at Geneva and Zurich airports, and is working to find a solution. Skyguide will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.”
Geneva airport had said traffic would not resume before 11 am local time (1.30 pm IST). Zurich airport authorities told them they too had stopped all take-offs and landings.
Swiss news agency ATS-Keystone was quoted by news agency Reuters as telling all international flights to Switzerland were being re-routed to Milan in Italy.
Flights are also being re-routed to Lyon in France and Vienna in Austria. Short-haul flights are currently not taking off.
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