UNITED KINGDOM- The air traffic control systems (ATC) in the UK Airports are currently facing “technical issues,” resulting in flight delays for numerous individuals.
The National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has reported encountering “technical issues” and has taken measures to implement traffic flow limitations to ensure safety. “Our engineers are actively working to identify and rectify the fault. We extend our apologies for any inconvenience this situation might cause.”
UK Airports ATC Issues
In a subsequent statement, NATS clarified, “UK airspace remains open; however, we have had to impose air traffic flow restrictions to ensure the maintenance of safety.”
Numerous airports across the United Kingdom, along with airlines such as Ryanair (FR), EasyJet (U2), Loganair (LM), and Aer Lingus (EI), have issued notifications to passengers about the potential for flight delays.
Alastair Rosenschein, a former British Airways (BA) pilot now working as an aviation consultant, described the disruptions as “significant.” He drew a parallel with the road network, explaining that the equivalent impact for cars would be akin to all roads in the country being closed.
Rosenschein conveyed to BBC Radio 5 Live, “It’s truly a nightmarish scenario.”
A BBC journalist, Alex Murray, recounted his experience of intending to fly from Bari, Italy, to the UK. However, passengers were informed about an “unspecified delay” due to an air traffic control complication in London. He shared that they were informed of potential delays of roughly six hours.
Murray added, “We are awaiting further information on whether we’ll be deboarding until our scheduled departure time.”
Airlines and Airport Remarks
Loganair, a Scottish airline, disclosed that a comprehensive failure in the UK air traffic control computer systems had occurred on X. They cautioned passengers about possible delays on certain flights.
British Airways revealed its collaboration with NATS to comprehend the extent of the situation’s impact. The airline assured its customers of regular updates.
Similarly, Aer Lingus advised travelers to verify their flight statuses before arriving at the airport, as they anticipated potential “delays and cancellations.
easyJet conveyed that the ongoing air traffic control problem was “currently impacting all flights set to depart from or arrive into United Kingdom airspace.”
At Stansted Airport, passengers of Ryanair informed the PA news agency that they had been instructed to await further instructions at their designated gates.
Representatives from London Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, and Gatwick airports confirmed the presence of issues and urged passengers to communicate with their respective airlines.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport indicated there might be some flight delays, while Edinburgh Airport recommended that travelers consult their airlines before journeying to the airport.
Meanwhile, in Ireland, Dublin Airport informed BBC News that the UK’s air traffic control challenges were causing “delays and cancellations to some flights arriving at and departing from Dublin Airport.”
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