Zurich Airport said take-offs and landings had been stopped and Geneva said air traffic would not resume until 11:00 local time (9:00 GMT, 13:30 IST).
Problems with the air traffic control system, specifically a computer failure, halted take-offs and landings at two major Swiss airports on Wednesday and forced air authorities to close Swiss airspace until further notice.
“… technical malfunction in the early hours of this morning, which is why the Swiss airspace has been closed to traffic for security reasons. The closure of the airspace is in force until further notice,” he said. Skyguide air navigation service provider.
“Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences for its customers, partners and passengers at Geneva and Zurich airports, and is working to find a solution. Skyguide will provide more information as soon as it is available.”
Geneva Airport said traffic would not resume until 11:00 local time (9:00 GMT, 13:30 IST). Zurich airport authorities said they had also stopped all take-offs and landings. The shutdown was announced shortly after 7 a.m. local time.
The Swiss news agency ATS-Keystone was quoted by Reuters as saying that all international flights to Switzerland were being redirected to Milan to Italy.
Flights to Lyon, France and Vienna to Austria are also being reoriented.
Short-haul flights are not currently underway.
With input from AFP, Reuters
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