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Snow-hit Geneva airport reopens

Geneva International Airport has reopened after snow forced its closure for six hours on Sunday morning.

Flights started again at midday, spokesman Bertrand Stämpfli told Swiss radio. It is the first time in 25 years that the airport had to be closed for such a long time, he added.

Around ten centimetres of snow had to be removed. As a result, 70 flights were not able to take place during the morning. Around 15 have been cancelled, with the rest being postponed to the afternoon where possible.

The situation remains unclear because of the weather conditions affecting other airports across Europe. Long delays should be taken into account, said the airport.

The last closure of six hours took place in 1985. In 2008 the airport closed for four hours because of the snow.

Zurich and Basel airports were reported to be operating as normal on Sunday. Severe winter weather has disrupted travel across Europe, with Germany being particularly hard hit.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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