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Swiss Airforce Closed Nights, Weekends, and 90 Minutes for Lunch

12:18 PM, Feb 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Swiss airforce only works during normal business hours. And don't expect it to react between noon and 1:30 -- that's lunch time.

These revelations come after a hijacked commecrial airplane entered Swiss air space. 

As the news wire AFP reports, "[A]lthough the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum, Switzerland's fleet of F-18s and F-5 Tigers remained on the ground, Swiss airforce spokesman Laurent Savary told AFP."

This, he explained, was because the Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 to 5pm.

"Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend," he said, adding: "It's a question of budget and staffing."

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