UPDATED: Swiss airspace re-opens after ‘technical malfunction’

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A technical problem with the air traffic control system halted take-offs and landings at Swiss airports early on Wednesday morning. Flights resumed from Zurich and Geneva from 8:30am, the Skyguide agency confirmed.

Skyguide initially said the closure would be in effect “until further notice” after the malfunction early in the morning.

A few hours later, it said   the airspace closure had been lifted at 8:30am local time and air traffic over Switzerland had resumed along with operations at the country’s two national airports in Geneva and Zurich.

Aircraft are displayed on a screen showing a flight radar of Switzerland, in Zurich, Switzerland, after an IT breakdown at Skyguide, Zurich and Geneva airports. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL BUHOLZER

“Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences for its customers and partners, as well as for the passengers at the two national airports,” it said in a statement.

Skyguide did not give any details about the computer crash.

“We now expect flight operations to resume at reduced capacity before midday,” Zurich Airport said in statement , advising passengers to check information provided by airlines before departing for the airport. It added that check-in was continuing.

Geneva Airport also tweeted that traffic had started to resume progressively from 8:30am but “several flights are cancelled”. Affected passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information.

Swiss International Air Lines said  arriving long-haul flights were being diverted to various airports in neighbouring countries, including Milan, Lyon and Vienna. Short-haul flights are currently not taking off, it said.

Via Swissinfo

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