Flights are being disrupted at several UK airports due to computer problems at an air traffic control centre in Hampshire.
According to the Control Flow Management at Eurocontrol in Brussels, the control centre in Swanwick (Hampshire) which serves the south east of England has suffered a computer failure.
A Business Traveller employee was on an Easyjet flight departing from
Gatwick to Athens this afternoon, when the captain shut down his
engines and informed passengers that there would be a delay. This
flight has since taken off, but a look at the departure boards on the
Gatwick and Heathrow airport websites, shows delays to many flights
departing and arriving into the UK.
A statement released by BAA said:
“Due to an
interruption to the air traffic control service, run by NATS at Swanwick,
flights from many UK airports are subject to some
delays and cancellations. Aircraft
continue to land and depart, however the process is slower than normal, which
means that inevitably, some flights will be delayed and some will be cancelled. We are
working hard with the airlines to minimise disruption and restore the operation
as quickly as possible. Passengers are advised to contact
their airline or see www.baa.com before travelling to the
For more information visit baa.com.
Report by Mark Caswell