Luxembourg feels the impact of the closure of Swiss airspace

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Luxembourg Airport in Findel

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A computer failure in Switzerland forced Alpine to close its airspace for several hours, and traffic controllers canceled several flights to and from Luxembourg Airport on Wednesday.

Defective hardware components in Geneva’s Sky Guide air traffic control resumed operations at 8:30 am, but both major Swiss airports were paralyzed during the morning rush, according to media and official information. rice field.

“People are sitting here and there,” said a person working at Geneva Airport. Luxembourg Times.. “And no one knows what to do because it’s not clear how long the flaw will last,” she said in a series of text messages.

According to the Luxembourg Airport website, one Swiss flight departing for Zurich was delayed at 10:45 h, while Luxair’s flight to Geneva was canceled at 06:35 h. Arrivals this morning were also canceled or delayed, and flights later on Wednesday were labeled as “planned.”

According to Swiss reports, some international flights to Switzerland are detoured to Milan Airport in Italy. According to the Zurich Airport website, other flights were detoured to Frankfurt and Germany.

Hardware malfunctions have contributed to the turmoil of travel in Europe, with hundreds of flights canceled in the last few weeks, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. This is one of the reasons for the shortage of staff after the pandemic and the very large amount of travel.

(Additional report by Andréa Oldereide)

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