Technical Malfunction at Swiss Airport Causes Massive Delays

Swiss airspace shut down for at least two hours in early Wednesday when a technical malfunction halted flights across Switzerland airports.

Skyguide, an air navigation service, said in a release at 6:30 AM that it encountered a technical malfunction early morning, and Swiss airspace had to close to traffic for safety reasons.

Skyguide said on Twitter several hours later that they resolved the technical malfunction and lifted the airspace closure at 8:30 AM.

“The technical malfunction at Skyguide has been resolved. The airspace closure was lifted at 8.30 AM. Swiss airspace is now open again, and air traffic over Switzerland and operations at the national airports of Geneva and Zurich are resuming. Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences for its customers and partners, as well as for the passengers at the two national airports. We are doing everything in our power to handle the flights efficiently and to keep delays to a minimum,” Skyguide said in a tweet.

Zurich Airport confirmed that their flights are running again. 

“As of 10:00 local time, flight operations at Zurich Airport are running at 100% capacity again. Nevertheless, delays are to be expected during the course of the day. We still recommend passengers to check with their airline about the status of their flight,” Zurich airport said in a tweet.

Geneva Airport also confirmed that air traffic has gradually resumed and asked travelers to check with their airlines to see if their flight is still on as they have canceled several flights.

“Good news! Air traffic has gradually resumed since 8:30 AM. Several flights are canceled. Travelers are asked to check with their company if their flight is maintained,” Geneva Airport said in a tweet.

Skyguide did not mention what had caused the technical malfunction that shut Swiss airspace for at least two hours on Wednesday morning.


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