Heavy snowfall forces Geneva airport to shut

1st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Heavy snowfall over the last 24 hours in western Switzerland's Geneva brought traffic to a near standstill on Wednesday and forced its international airport to shut until this evening at the earliest.

"Because of prevailing weather conditions, Geneva International Airport is closed to air traffic until Wednesday, the 1st of December at 6 pm," said the airport which has been shut since Tuesday night.

About 100 stranded passengers spent the night at the airport while 200 others were sheltered by the civil protection unit, as all hotels in the city were fully booked.

Buses in the city had to be halted amid continuing snowfall, although trams were running regularly.

The rail service linking Geneva to Lausanne was also running smoothly Wednesday, after severe disruptions on Tuesday evening as snowfall hindered attempts to fix a signalling problem which appeared on Tuesday afternoon.

© 2010 AFP

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