Switzerland: airspace “closed until further notice” due to a computer failure

Geneva airport adds that flights are suspended until 11 a.m. In Zurich, four flights had to be diverted to Basel and Milan.

Le Monde with AFP

Due to a computer failure at Skyguide – the company which ensures control of the Swiss airspace -, all takeoffs and landings are suspended in the country. “Swiss airspace has been closed to traffic for security reasons”, writes Skyguide in a press release .

Geneva International Airport Cointrin said in a tweet that “all takeoffs and landings in Geneva Airport are suspended until 11 am”.

Due to a computer failure at Skyguide All takeoffs and landings at Geneva Airport are suspended… https://t.co/vssakohjfs

– geneveaeroport (@Geneva Airport)

A spokesperson for Zurich airport, the other large air hub in the Alpine country, said the airport was open despite the breakdown. Four flights to get there had to be diverted to Basel and Milan. No takeoff can be ensured.

Skyguide did not give any explanation on the reasons for the breakdown, specifying only that “this closure of the airspace applies until further notice” and stressing that the company “deplores this incident and its consequences For its customers, partners and passengers of the Geneva and Zurich airports and works hard to find a solution “.

/Media reports.