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Flights resume after Swiss airspace closed due to computer problem

Swiss airspace reopened on Wednesday morning after a computer glitch blocked flights across the country for several hours, officials said.

“Swiss airspace is open again,” Skyguide, the Alpine nation’s air traffic control service, said on Twitter, adding that “Skyguide’s technical malfunction has been resolved.”

He did not say what caused the problem that shut down Swiss airspace for hours on Wednesday morning, but said “air traffic over Switzerland and operations at the national airports of Geneva and Zurich take over”.

These airports also announced that flights had started taking off.

“Good news! Air traffic has gradually resumed since 08:30 (06:30 GMT),” Geneva airport said in a tweet, warning that a number of flights had been canceled and urging passengers to inquire with their Airlines companies.

Zurich Airport also said flight operations were “running back to full capacity” at 10:00 a.m. (0800 GMT).

But he warned that “delays are to be expected today. We always recommend passengers check with their airline for the status of their flight.”

“Holidays Could Fail”

At Geneva airport, where the first morning flights were delayed by more than three hours, dozens of travelers crowded around the information screens, phones glued to their ears.

Airport spokesman Ignace Jeannerat told AFP that around 2,000 people had seen their flights affected, adding that if flights resume there will be no return to normal until Thursday morning. .

“We are trying to find a solution,” Sandrine Vert, 52, told AFP after her family’s easyJet flight to Split in Croatia was canceled.

She, her husband and teenage daughter, who flew into Annecy airport in France, had been told there were no more flights from Geneva to Split until Friday, putting their holiday plans one week in game.

“Our vacation could fail,” she said.

Chaos erupted when Skyguide announced that it had “experienced a technical malfunction in the early hours of the morning, which is why Swiss airspace has been closed to traffic for safety reasons”.

She said she regretted “this incident and its consequences for its customers, partners and passengers”.

The closure blocked all overflights of the country and forced a number of flights to be redirected to airports in neighboring countries.

Swiss news agency ATS said some international flights to Switzerland had been redirected to Milan in northern Italy.

Meanwhile, Zurich Airport’s website showed that a United Airlines flight from New York had been diverted to Frankfurt in western Germany, while a Singapore Airlines flight from of the city-state had been sent to the city of Munich in southern Germany.

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest airport, with more than 10.2 million passengers passing through its terminals in 2021.

But with the lifting of Covid restrictions, air traffic has increased significantly since then, with 1.9million passengers recorded in May alone. For this summer season, it serves 191 destinations.

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