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30 Aug 2012

Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland, after Zurich. It is situated right on the edge of Lake Geneva and between the mountain ranges of the Alps and the Jura. It is an important economic city and also has the headquarters of major organisations like the Red Cross and the United Nations and has been voted the third best city to live in the world but also the fifth most expensive. Geneva is of course famous for being the place where various packs have been sign such as the Geneva convention for treatment of prisoners of war.

In the summer residents and visitors alike flock to the shores of Lake Geneva to sunbathe and swim. In the winter is it a hub for skiers flying into the airport and travelling...

05 Aug 2012

There have been two major plane crashes on Mont Blanc, both Air India Flights, one in 1950 and one in 1966.

On November 3rd 1950 Air India Flight 245 had left Bombay and gone via Cairo aiming to land at Geneva on its ways to London. There were 40 passengers and 8 crew on board. They never made it to Geneva airport as the plane crashed into Mount Blanc while flying over France, close to the Swiss border. The last transmission has the plane flying at 4700 metres, but shortly after this the airplane crashed into the French side of Mont Blanc, an area called Rochers de la Tournette, which is at 4,677 metre. There were no survivors and no rescue effort could get near the area due to a bad storm until 2 days later.


27 Jul 2012

During the winter months Geneva airport is one of the main airports for accessing the ski resorts in the French Alps. Hundreds of flights bring millions of passengers into Switzerland, from where they make their way to places such as Chamonix, Courchevel, Meribel and Tignes.

The airport started out as a simple airstrip in a field back in 1919, it developed a little through out the next twenty years but it was not until 1937 that a concrete runway was actually built. During World War II, no flights were allowed to leave the country and so any development was delayed until after the war when the first terminal was built. The airport was then connected to the train system and the runway made longer and another terminal...