Swiss airspace closed for several hours due to computer errors

Skyguide did not immediately specify the cause of the error.

“The technical problem with Skyguide has been resolved and the closure of the airspace was lifted at 08:30 (06:30 GMT Ed. Note). The Swiss airspace has reopened and flight operations over Switzerland and the airports of Geneva and Zurich are resumed . ” Skyguide wrote in a tweet.

Earlier, Skyguide had announced the crash “in the early morning hours” and completely closed Swiss airspace “for safety reasons”.

A measure that banned any overflight of the country and forced planes to divert to airports in neighboring countries.

Skyguide “deplores this incident and its consequences for its customers, partners and passengers at Geneva and Zurich airports”.

Gradual recovery

Geneva International Airport was the first to announce on Twitter a gradual resumption of air traffic shortly after 1 p.m. 07:00 GMT.

“Good news! Air traffic has been gradually resumed since 08:30 (06:30 GMT Editor’s note). Several flights have been canceled. Travelers are asked to check with their company whether their flights are being maintained,” tweeted Geneva Aéroport.

Zurich Airport, the second major air hub, tweeted that “flight operations have resumed”. “Flight operations are scheduled with 50% capacity until 9.30am and 75% after 9.30am.

“We recommend that passengers be aware of their airline’s flight information,” the tweet read.

According to the agency ATS-Keystone, international flights to Switzerland in particular have been diverted to Milan airport in northern Italy.

Zurich Airport’s website shows that United Airlines flight UA134 from New York was diverted to Frankfurt Airport in western Germany, while flight SQ346 from Singapore Airlines from the city state was diverted to southern Germany and Munich Airport.

Major airports

Zurich is Switzerland’s leading airport with more than 10.2 million passengers boarding or passing through its terminals in 2021. With the gradual lifting of health restrictions, traffic has risen sharply since March and is approaching the level month after month. pre-pandemic.

Traffic increased to 1.3 million passengers in March, then to more than 1.8 million in April and to more than 1.9 million in May at this airport, increasing the number of served destinations to 191 for the summer with the resumption of tourism.

In Geneva, just over 5.9 million passengers had traveled through this airport, while air traffic, like in Zurich, was still severely affected by health restrictions. But since March, traffic has risen sharply and has again surpassed one million passengers a month.

With the resumption of tourism in May, 1.14 million passengers used this airport, according to preliminary statistics from Geneva airport.

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