UK flights suspended

24 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

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 before travelling to the airport”.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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