When I flew GVA
the loads tended to be quite good. I am surprised that SWISS gave up this route. As a Crossair route it was supposedly quite profitable. The road and train connections between these two cities are not very good.
The approach to LUG
is always interesting. I don't want to sound morbid, but LUG
can kill you if you do not know what you are doing. It is a very difficult approach when the weather is bad. The terrain is very tricky and occasionally there is a tendency for southerly winds. The IGS approach is frequently flown with a tailwind, making it tougher. It is ironic. The IGS approach is usually not flown because it is so steep. Normally we flew a visual approach for a more constant descent profile. But just when the weather was bad we had to fly the approach to the north. And what made the weather bad was the southerly winds because the weather would sort of pile up against the mountains to the north. There is no instrument approach to the south, only a visual.
It is an approach which requires special training and this is correct. It is challenging, especially when the weather is tricky. I have done a number of missed approaches in LUG
A week ago I saw the aircraft from Cirrus doing flight training in LUG
and this was great to see. They were flying visuals and IGS approaches with go-arounds, including several single-engine G/As! It was VMC so this was no problem, but a single-engine go-around in LUG
is tough to fly and I have a lot of respect for the Cirrus crews for practicing this critical manoeuver.