Geneva Airport: 'Multiple explosions' and blaze rock building close to runway, as flights diverted

A HUGE fire has broken out at Geneva airport after a building near the runway exploded, it was reported.

Multiple explosions were heard and black smoke was seen spewing from a reception centre for asylum seekers.

"There is a building — the new reception centre for asylum-seekers — which was under construction," said airport spokesman Ignace Jeannerat.

"It is on fire. It is outside the airport perimeter. It is creating a lot of smoke."

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.

Later the airport said that landings and take-offs were suspended at 5.35pm local time.

The runway will be re-open initially for take offs at around 7 pm.

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