Miss Swiss, taking a miss this year

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Falling numbers and tighter budgets took the ax to Mr Switzerland in 2011 and in 2012 it is the turn of the Miss Switzerland pageant, which has been cancelled due to lack of funding, Swiss media reported Sunday morning 15 April. Both shows were broadcast by Swiss Public Broadcasting (SSR) stations, but […]

Flights in and out of Greece cancelled, delayed due to strike

GENEVA / ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Flights in and out of Greece have been cancelled or in some cases delayed during a two-day nationwide strike 5-6 October that began early Wednesday, over austerity measures. Swiss has cancelled its two flights to Athens from Geneva today. Trains are not running, hospitals are operating only on an emergency […]

Ireland cancels flights as Icelandic ash threatens skies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Air Lingus, BA and Ryanair late Monday canceled several flights from Ireland and England to Scotland, with volcanic ash threatening northern Europe’s skies following the latest volcanic eruption in Iceland. Grimsvoetn in southeastern Iceland began to spew ash late Saturday 23 May and weather forecasters say ash could reach Scotland Tuesday, forcing […]

George Bush trip to Geneva cancelled

Protest fears behind charity group’s decision Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – George W Bush’s invitation to participate 12 February in an annual gala fundraiser for the Jewish charity Keren Hayessod (United Israel Appeal) has been withdrawn, the group’s lawyer, Robert Equey, told the Tribune de Geneve. The newspaper Saturday 5 February carries an interview with Equey. […]

Geneva concert by Elton John postponed

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Musician Elton John won’t be appearing at the Arena in Geneva Thursday evening: the singer has the flu. The concert, where he was to appear with Ray Cooper, is postponed to 26 May, Opus One announced Thursday afternoon. An earlier concert, in December, was postponed until today due to sickness. Tickets […]

Geneva, Zurich airports Monday update: some flights disrupted

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Air traffic throughout Europe remains disrupted Monday morning 20 December, and while many flights are arriving in Geneva and Zurich, several others have been cancelled, notably from London, Paris and German cities. Both airports are requesting that passengers and people meeting arrivals check with airlines to see if their flights are […]

Travel alert – Geneva airport Sunday 17:15 update, some flights

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva’s Cointrin International Airport has announced that there are currently some flights arriving and departing, but travellers are cautioned to check with their airlines before going to the Geneva Airport. European weather continues to cause severe disruptions: flights have been cancelled or postponed in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt due to […]

Sunday trains halted by “person” accident

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A “person” accident, CFF rail and police euphemism for a person who has been hit by a train, often a suicide, resulted in eight trains being cancelled early Sunday afternoon between Lausanne and Geneva, reports the Tribune de Geneve.

Swiss-French train disruptions expected

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The SNCF French rail company is warning travellers to expect disruptions to train traffic Tuesday 12 October, with French rail workers planning to strike. The industrial action is part of continuing strikes in France against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age but unlike previous strikes this one has […]

Prince pals face Geneva no-show, no show

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The rumours have been flying for days, but late Friday Prince’s publicists in London confirmed in an e-mail to media that the kid from Minneapolis would not be appearing Friday evening 23 July in Geneva: Prince’s tour organizers regret to inform his fans in Switzerland that his concert at Geneva’s Stade […]