Long time lurker, first time poster. I understand that the Alps event carries a large amount of traffic and I can expect delays. I had planned a flight from Nice to Zurich without realising the event was taking place. Only when I was setting up the route I noticed that there was ATC and lots of traffic, this was no issue and I made sure to follow the ATIS instructions (I had set up and planned a runway 16 approach however 14 was the active arrival runway so I changed my plans accordingly.).
I contacted Zurich Arrival at 1242z, 30 miles to the South West at 14,000ft on a roughly correct descent profile. I was immediately given a heading of 040 which sounded like good news, a more direct approach. From here I was expecting a tight base onto the ILS at 14.
What followed was a 150+ mile, 40 minute tour of France, Germany and Switzerland. I was vectored from the South West to the North, to the North East, to the East, back to the South and then joined a downwind only to disappear back up into Germany to the North of the field before being given a descent that would’ve sent me way below the glide slope (having spent the last 30 minutes at 10,000ft) and 150 heading to intercept runway 14 - a 10 degree intercept heading?
I touched down at 1324. 42 minutes after initially contacting the approach frequency.
I understand that I would expect some vectors and a little bit of a delay, but this was tedious and frustrating. The only vectors the controller seemed capable of giving was to send every single person on this expeditious route.
Unfortunately it has put me off flying into or out of an airport with live ATC as my experience here was not a good one.
I do hope it was a one-off.