Geneva Cointrin Airport is on lockdown after a bomb threat phone call. Armed officers have begun to surround the airport following a tip-off from the French. According to Reuters:
“Preventive security measures were being taken around the airport, Geneva police said on their Facebook page, and would continue for an indefinite period. Officers armed with machine guns were on duty around the airport, which straddles the Swiss border with France.
A spokeswoman for the Geneva police said:
“We have received information that is serious enough to put in place preventive controls here at Geneva airport. We cannot give details of staffing numbers, nor on the information we have received, for obvious reasons of security. The investigation is indeed being conducted by the French authorities for the time being.”
According to various sources, airport officials said the alert was triggered by an anonymous telephone call, saying it was a bomb threat, without giving any further details.
However, despite this, airport officials at the Geneva airport said the airport was open and functioning normally. Bertrand Staempfli, a spokesman for the airport, has advised passengers to arrive early because of the extra security checks.
Geneva Cointrin Airport was placed on lockdown after a receiving a tip of a bomb threat from their French counterparts.
According to the Daily Mail, on its Facebook page, the Geneva police department said Wednesday the measures are linked to ‘information received’ that is being verified amid current enhanced security with threats and concerns facing many parts of Europe.