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Switzerland closes its airspace due to a computer failure

Travelers at Zurich airport. / EFE

“Long-haul flights are being diverted to several airports in neighboring countries, including those in Lyon, Milan and Vienna”, while “short-haul flights are not taking off”, he has settled.

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Switzerland has closed its airspace on Wednesday due to a technical problem in the air traffic control system, which has caused the diversion of flights in the country, as confirmed by the company Skyguide, citing “security reasons”.

“Swiss air navigation service provider Skyguide has suffered a technical failure early this morning, for which Swiss airspace has been closed to traffic for security reasons,” it stressed in a statement, before adding that this closure “will be in effect until further notice.”

“Skyguide regrets this incident and its consequences on 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 », he pointed out.

The company’s spokesman, Vladi Barrosa, has indicated in statements to the German news agency DPA that “it is not assumed to be a cyberattack”, before adding that it could be a hardware failure, without giving more details about the possible problem duration.

For its part, the Swiss airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has reported that “long-haul flights are being diverted to several airports in neighboring countries, including those in Lyon, Milan and Vienna.” “Short-haul flights are not taking off,” she has settled.

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