Holidaymakers all across the country have encountered travel disruptions during the Bank Holiday due to an air traffic control malfunction in the UK. The National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the leading air traffic control service provider, reported a technical issue affecting air traffic control systems, forcing controllers to manually input flight plans.
NATS issued a statement at 3:15 PM stating that they had identified and resolved the technical problem. The organization is collaborating with airlines and airports to assist the affected flights. Major airlines like Tui and BA have cautioned passengers about significant delays due to schedule adjustments.
The glitch impacted the automatic processing of flight plans, necessitating manual processing, which slowed down operations and resulted in traffic flow restrictions. Flights are expected to experience substantial disruptions for the remainder of the day.
Heathrow Airport confirmed that flights would continue to be significantly disrupted despite the resolution of the issue. British Airways informed passengers that no flights would depart until 6 PM, and all check-in counters were closed.
The situation frustrated many passengers, leading to cancellations and delays. Despite the resolution of the technical glitch, the disruptions had a significant impact on travel plans across the country. Transport Secretary Mark Harper and Home Secretary Suella Braverman expressed their support for affected passengers and emphasized coordination with NATS to address the situation.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn