Technical glitch closes all Swiss airspace

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Air travel in Switzerland was thrown into chaos when a technical issue closed the country's airspace
Camera IconAir travel in Switzerland was thrown into chaos when a technical issue closed the country's airspace Credit: EPA

Switzerland has reopened its airspace after a brief closure for safety reasons because of an unspecified "technical malfunction".

Skyguide, the air navigation service, initially said the closure would be in effect "until further notice" after the malfunction early on Wednesday.

A few hours later, it said the airspace closure was lifted and air traffic over Switzerland was resuming along with operations at the country's two national airports in Geneva and Zurich.

"Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences for its customers and partners, as well as for the passengers at the two national airports," it said in a statement.

A spokesman for Skyguide couldn't be immediately reached for comment by phone or text message.

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