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GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall  
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2209 posts, RR: 35
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

Geneva Airport has been closed since this morning due to heavy snow falls. This is the first time since 1985 that the airport has had to close like this. If possible, passengers were sent by train to ZRH where flights are still operating normally.

The charter flights should operate tomorrow, and the airport could reopen at 4pm today.

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User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4369 times:

Tks for the info. Could you please post when the airport will reopen? My partner is scheduled to fly FCO-GVA at 4pm.

Rgs,


User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

I hope the snowfalls stay between GVA and BSL. I sure don't hope that they will close the airport here.  Sad
That means much more work for me today. And I hope they soon open up the GVA as well.


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2209 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Airport reopened at 15:20 Local. 25cm of snow fell in Geneva overnight. It is still snowing here.

Grass runway is of course closed. According to the airport there is 120mm of snow on taxiways which are wet. 1°C currently with forecasts up to -8°C tonight.

[Edited 2005-01-23 15:34:43]

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Wow, that side of the city must have gotten hammered. I'm on the other side of town, about 15km from the airport, and we've maybe got 5-7cm tops on the ground.

User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2209 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4259 times:

On my side of Geneva (near to the Salève) we got 25cm, although its all cleared from the roads. My driveway is really hammered in by snow.

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4121 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

We had some diversions from GVA here in BSL.

5x easyJet
1x Jet2

Unfortunately I fear that we will get some snow soon too!

RJ100



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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2209 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

It looks as if the weather forecast is just as bad for tomorrow with snow falls all day, lows of -11°C and constant wind at 20km/h with gusts reaching up to 55km/h.

The main reason that the airport was closed today was due to the fact that the runway and taxiways were very slippery, although the snow was a contributing factor. So perhaps the airport will have similar events tomorrow.


User currently offlineAA B777-200 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 505 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4050 times:

KLM cancelled one 737 flight and ended up sending a 767-300 (KL#1931) and delaying some flights.

User currently offlineBy738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2372 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4033 times:

GLA-GVA with FlyGlobespan cancelled

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

It affected me today. Flight from LTN to AMS was to be handled by the incoming flight from GVA. The plane to be used for the outbound GVA flight was used for mine instead. There was a group of girls in LTN this morning talking about going somewhere else and getting a coach to take them to Geneva. Guess a Coach would have a hard time in that mess too.


Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2209 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

http://www.tdg.ch/tghome/toute_l_info_test/l_evenement/aeroport_enneige_.html

An article in the local paper talking about the whole day.

Major facts:

-30000 people were booked on flights today in and out of Geneva
-150 buses of British skiers were blocked in France in order to not have a traffic jam at the airport.
-160 flights cancelled
-15cm of snow, representing a total area of 450000m2 to clear up.
-The clearing operations started at 4am, using 200 people and 54 vehicles.


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