Birmingham Airport bosses says it will take 'some days' to clear air traffic control disruption - The Solihull Observer

Birmingham Airport bosses says it will take 'some days' to clear air traffic control disruption

Solihull Editorial 29th Aug, 2023   0

BIRMINGHAM Airport has said it could take ‘some days’ to clear the disruption caused by Monday’s (August 28) air traffic control closure.

Temporary restrictions were placed on the UK airspace on the busy Bank Holiday Monday due to a “network-wide failure.”

Many planes were grounded while National Air Traffic Services (Nats) engineers worked to fix a technical issue.

It later ‘identified and remedied’ the issue affecting its system – but passengers flying in and out continued to face issues with flights.

On Tuesday Birmingham Airport said on X, formally twitter: “We expect full loads of passengers on flights in and out today, including on services rescheduled from yesterday.

“It may take some days for all the effects of Monday’s air traffic system failure to wash out. Customers are advised to monitor the latest info from their airlines.”

During the failure the Airport wrote: “Following today’s UK-wide air traffic outage, operations at BHX are starting to stabilise, however there has been a number of flight cancellations and delays impacting customers.

“Customers should monitor their airlines’ advice and latest info info on our website.”

Nats said it reduced air traffic flow across the UK as the technical issue affected its ‘ability to automatically process flight plans’ and therefore flight plans had to be input manually – which could not be done at the same rate.

It added: “We have identified and remedied the technical issue affecting our flight planning system this morning. We are now working closely with airlines and airports to manage the flights affected as efficiently as possible.

“Our engineers will be carefully monitoring the system’s performance as we return to normal operations.

“Our priority is always to ensure that every flight in the UK remains safe and we are sincerely sorry for the disruption this is causing. Please contact your airline for information on how this may affect your flight.”


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