Huge fire at Geneva Airport as building near runway 'explodes'

Huge fire breaks out at Geneva Airport as reception centre for asylum seekers ‘explodes’ during construction

  • Black smoke spewing into sky from site on Switzerland’s second busiest airport
  • The building is a new reception centre for asylum seekers, a spokesman said
  • Flights to and from the airport have been suspended while investigations go on 

Flights to and from Geneva Airport have been disrupted after a major fire broke out just beyond the perimeter fence.

Images appear to show evidence of a blast at Switzerland’s second-busiest airport, where black smoke could be seen spewing into the sky from the site.

‘There is a building – the new reception centre for asylum-seekers – which was under construction… it is on fire. It is outside the airport perimeter,’ said airport spokesman Ignace Jeannerat.

‘It is creating a lot of smoke,’ he added.

Flights to and from Geneva Airport have been disrupted after a major fire broke out just beyond the perimeter fence

Images appear to show evidence of a blast at Switzerland’s second-busiest airport, where black smoke could be seen spewing into the sky from the site

The airport has suspended landings for the time being, while take-offs are being left to pilots’ discretion, he explained.

The airport arrivals board showed incoming flights from Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid had been diverted, whilst others were delayed.

Geneva is Switzerland’s second-busiest airport after Zurich. The runway is next to the border with France.

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