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Skyblue39
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Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:39 am

Geneva Airport has closed for the entire day due to snow and ice.

https://www.google.ie/amp/mobile.reuter ... SKCN1GD3Y0
 
TC957
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:06 am

Wow - must be bad if even a Swiss airport can't cope.
 
SpaceshipDC10
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:56 am

Skyblue39 wrote:
Geneva Airport has closed for the entire day due to snow and ice.

https://www.google.ie/amp/mobile.reuter ... SKCN1GD3Y0


Not for the whole day...

Genève Aéroport is currently closed to air traffic until further notice,” the airport said on its website.


...in fact flights should resume departures from 11am and arrivals from noon.


TC957 wrote:
Wow - must be bad if even a Swiss airport can't cope.


Not Swiss airports, GVA. It's not that bad from what i've been told. Two to three inches of snow downtown and its traffic mayhem. Weather forecasters warned people starting three days ago about the upcoming strong snowfalls expected following the Siberian cold air, but still... Useless
 
runway23
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:12 am

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
Not Swiss airports, GVA. It's not that bad from what i've been told. Two to three inches of snow downtown and its traffic mayhem. Weather forecasters warned people starting three days ago about the upcoming strong snowfalls expected following the Siberian cold air, but still... Useless


There was actually 8 inches / 20cm of snow at GVA today and temperatures of up to -10C.

GVA has admittedly always been worse at dealing with snow than surrounding airports.
 
SpaceshipDC10
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:19 pm

runway23 wrote:
There was actually 8 inches / 20cm of snow at GVA today and temperatures of up to -10C.


I thought they had more snow than the figure I was given for downtown, but it's not as if winter weather is so unusual near the Alps especially after that cold wave...

runway23 wrote:
GVA has admittedly always been worse at dealing with snow than surrounding airports.


Indeed.

LX23 from JFK went directly to ZRH and UA956 from EWR diverted to CDG. Both UA957 and LX22 are canceled.
 
THY748i
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:39 pm

TC957 wrote:
Wow - must be bad if even a Swiss airport can't cope.


GVA doesn't see a lot of snow (a lot less than ZRH). Years can go by without any snow (that's sticking). Yet it's still nothing extraordinary. They should be able to cope better.
 
pmartin
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:39 am

Unfair comments: Geneva has only one runway. With heavy snow they have to close the runway to remove the snow. Unlike Zurich with 3 runways.
And it did close all day. Started to reopen by 11am.
 
SwissCanuck
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:33 am

Looking at FR24 it's closed again as the snow is falling once again. Seems they're plowing the runway now.

The ESKIMO call signs on the plows wouldn't be greatly appreciated in some parts of the world... I chuckled a little.
 
SpaceshipDC10
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:46 am

The runway should have reopened at 11:30am but obviously it's not happening. AC, ME and TK that were kept on hold at 22-24k ft began their desecent before resuming a new holding circuit at 9k feet after more than an hour of hold.
 
SwissCanuck
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:52 am

SAS just landed, AC on approach. But it's still snowing, so I think operations will be fairly restricted today.
 
SpaceshipDC10
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Re: Geneva airport closed

Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:57 am

SwissCanuck wrote:
SAS just landed, AC on approach. But it's still snowing, so I think operations will be fairly restricted today.


Yes AC just landed. Swiss weather indicates positive temperatures for the afternoon, some mixed rain/snow, then just clouds.

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