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Flights 'getting back to normal' following computer failure

Flights from the region's airports are returning to normal today following a computer failure at the headquarters of UK air traffic control company Nats yesterday. Luton Airport is reporting 'risidual delays' and Stansted is running flights to schedule.

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Transport Minister calls for explanation of airport disruption

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he has asked for a full explanation for Friday's "simply unacceptable" aviation disruption caused by a problem at the NATS air traffic control centre in southern England.

Flights were cancelled or delayed at airports including Stansted in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of passengers at Stansted and Luton airports faced delays and cancellations, after London airspace closed for more than an hour on Friday afternoon. The disruption carried on well into the evening.

A spokesperson for NATS said: "We are investigating the cause of this fault but can confirm that it was not due to a power outage."

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Passengers warned to expect more flight delays today

Air traffic control company NATS warned passenger that it will take some time for flight scheduling to fully recover despite their computer systems having been restored.

Following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored.

However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight.

We apologise for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

– NATS

Stansted flights about to resume on restricted basis, but severe delays still likely

All departing flight from Stansted Airport have been suspended due to a computer failure affecting London airspace. Credit: PA

All departing flight from Stansted Airport have been suspended due to a computer failure affecting London airspace.

The airport is allowing flights to land, but not to take off currently - although that could soon change.

The issue has been caused by a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS.

NATS now say that the computer system has been restored, but severe delays are still likely.

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London flight delays airport by airport

Heathrow

  • Allowing some arrivals but departures are suspended

Gatwick

  • Allowing arrivals, all departures delayed

Stansted

  • All departing flights currently suspended

London City Airport

  • All incoming flights are landing, no departures until further notice

Luton

  • Has confirmed flights affected but no more detail

Flights suspended at Stansted Airport due to problems with air traffic control

Flights have been thrown into chaos after a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS. Credit: PA

Flights have been thrown into chaos after a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS.

It means that London airspace is now restricted.

Flights out of Stansted Airport have been suspended.

There are also delays at Luton Airport.

Air traffic management company Eurocontrol said there had been "a failure" at the Swanwick air traffic control centre and airports would not be able to accept any traffic until 7pm UK time.

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Hundreds object to plans to change Stansted flight paths

Hundreds of people living near to Stansted Airport have objected to plans to change flight paths. Credit: PA

Hundreds of people living near to Stansted Airport have objected to plans to change flight paths.

The air traffic service NATS says it will make better use of the airspace.

However some people living near the airport say it will mean more flights overhead and more noise.

A report published today shows 76% of people who responded to a consultation over the proposals were against the idea.

Stansted sees 16.9% passenger hike

Stansted Airport has enjoyed its highest monthly passenger increase for nearly 10 years. Stansted airport in Essex handled more than 1.88 million passengers in October 2014 - a 16.9% rise on the October 2013 figure.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

It took the number of passengers handled at the Essex airport for the 12 months ending October 2014 to more than 19.4 million - a 9.8% rise on the total for the 12 months ending October 2013.

Stansted said the growth in passengers continued to be driven by increased frequencies on key routes across Europe plus an increase in the average number of seats sold on each aircraft - up from 81.6% in 2013 to 85.2% in October 2014.

Rising prospects for airlines boosts prosperity in East of England

Ryanair, which has its main UK base at Stansted Airport in Essex, has announced half yearly profits are up by a third.

Meanwhile Luton-based Easyjet, says strong passenger demand at the Bedfordshire airport has enabled it to launch six new routes with more on the way.

Thousands of people are employed in the airline industry across the Anglia region and travel experts say increasingly it's driving prosperity here.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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