Flights resume after computer glitch shuts Swiss airspace

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

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

Those airports too announced that flights had begun taking off.

Zurich airport also said flight operations were “running again” at full capacity by 10:00 am (0800 GMT).

– ‘Vacation could fall through’ –

Airport spokesman Ignace Jeannerat told AFP that around 2,000 people had seen their flights affected, adding that while flights were resuming, there would not be a return to normal before early Thursday.

She, her husband and teenage daughter, who drove to the airport from Annecy in France, had been told there were now no flights from Geneva to Split until Friday, putting their one-week holiday plans on the line.

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

The closure blocked all overflight of the country, and forced a number of flights to be rerouted to airports in neighbouring countries.

Zurich airport’s website meanwhile showed that a United Airlines flight from New York had been rerouted to Frankfurt in western Germany, while a Singapore Airlines flight from the city state had been sent to the southern German city of Munich. 

But with Covid restrictions lifted, air traffic has picked up significantly since then, with 1.9 million passengers registered there in May alone. For this summer season, it is serving flights to 191 destinations.


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