In Switzerland, the airspace closed due to a computer failure

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A computer failure of the Swiss air traffic control service appeared early in the morning of Wednesday led to the closure “until further notice” of Swiss airspace. Take-offs and landings are suspended at Geneva and Zürich airports. International flights to Switzerland have been diverted in particular to Milan airport.

Swiss airspace “is closed until further notice” due to a computer failure, the Skyguide air traffic control service announced in a press release on Wednesday June 15.

“A technical breakdown occurred at Skyguide, the Swiss air traffic control service, in the early hours of the morning, which is why Swiss airspace was closed to traffic for safety reasons,” the statement said. from Skyguide.

The company gave no explanation for the reasons for the outage, stating only that “this closure of airspace applies until further notice” and proves that the company “deplores[ait] this incident and its consequences for its customers, partners and passengers at Geneva and Zürich airports, and is working hard to find a solution”.

Diverted flights to Milan

A few minutes earlier, a tweet from Geneva airport indicated that the airports of Geneva and Zürich, among the main ones in Switzerland, were paralyzed due to a computer failure at the air traffic controller Skyguide. The tweet specified that take-offs and landings were suspended “until 11:00 a.m.” (09:00 GMT).

A spokeswoman for Zürich Airport, the other major air hub in the Alpine country, said the airport remained open despite the outage.

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

With AFP


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