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Swiss Airspace Reopens After Air Traffic Control Malfunction

  • Normal capacity restored around 10 a.m. amid rebooking chaos
  • Shutdown added to flight upheaval that has disrupted travel
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Europe’s air travel chaos spread to Switzerland on Wednesday after a technical malfunction at the country’s air traffic control system shut down flights nationwide and left thousands stranded across the continent. 

Swiss airspace was closed around 6:30 a.m. and remained so for roughly two hours. Zurich Airport said flights gradually returned to normal operating capacity as of 10 a.m. The closure caused widespread delays that still persisted later Wednesday morning, European airspace manager Eurocontrol said.