After hundreds of flights in Great Britain were canceled on Monday due to a technical problem, it will take “some time” for air traffic in the United Kingdom to return to normal. This was announced by the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) on Monday evening. The plans are still “significantly disrupted,” said London Heathrow, the country’s largest airport, on Tuesday night. As NATS explained during the day, the air traffic control had to process the flight plans manually because the automation used for this did not work. Citing an analysis firm, the BBC has reported that at least 230 take-offs and over 270 landings were canceled on Monday.
Change to manual work
Because they had to resort to manual work, they were able to process a smaller volume of flight plans, NATS explained, “that’s why we restricted the flow of traffic”. Shortly after 1 p.m. CEST, NATS reported technical problems for the first time, three hours later it was said that the cause had been identified and rectified. As a result, the performance of the system should be closely monitored while attempting to return to normal operation. Because planes that were due to depart later or today did not arrive because of the problems and others are not where they should be, this return to normal operations is taking time.
Air travelers in the UK should contact their airline before traveling to the airport, it was said recently by London Heathrow. How big the problems are, should be shown in the morning. Monday was a public holiday in Great Britain as the last Monday in August, which is why a particularly large number of travelers were or wanted to be on the road. In the social networks, passengers with destination Great Britain reported hour-long delays and flight cancellations, sometimes even rumors of an airspace closure made the rounds. The NATS had contradicted this. Experts expect, however, that the consequences in British air traffic around the important London hub could still be felt for days.
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