runway23
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GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:33 pm

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.
 
hardiwv
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:49 pm

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

Rgs,
 
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:21 pm

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.
 
runway23
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:29 pm

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]
 
ahlfors
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:35 pm

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.
 
runway23
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:47 pm

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.
 
RJ100
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:26 am

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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runway23
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 1:55 am

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.
 
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:02 am

KLM cancelled one 737 flight and ended up sending a 767-300 (KL#1931) and delaying some flights.
 
by738
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:42 am

GLA-GVA with FlyGlobespan cancelled
 
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:16 am

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!
 
runway23
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RE: GVA Airport Closed Due To Snow Fall

Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:33 am

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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