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The great Christmas getaway starts today with many famlies heading overseas and others arriving in the UK to visit relatives here at home.
East Midlands Airport is expecting more than 115,000 passengers over the Christmas period between today and the 5th of January.
Birmingham Airport is now "operating as normal" after disruption earlier caused by air traffic restrictions over London.
Many flights nationwide were cancelled and delayed after a computer failure at the headquarters of air traffic control company, NATS.
The system has now been restored.
Passengers are being advised to contact their airline for flight information.
Birmingham Airport is now "operating as normal" following disruption earlier caused the the air traffic restrictions over London.
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.
The "ripple effect" of the restrictions on London airspace have meant some delays at East Midlands airport, a spokesperson has told ITV News.
We've had a marginal delay to some of the outbound and inbound flights. Two outbounds and three inbounds have been delayed. The flights that have been delayed, one of them's been called to board, so things are moving, but it's a little bit slower. The impact of the London area has a ripple effect on the country.
Flights out of Birmingham Airport may be delayed due to the restrictions on London airspace, a spokesperson has told ITV News.
Flights going north out of Birmingham should not be affected, but some heading south may be rerouted, causing some delays.
The advice is to check on our website, aircraft might take off a bit delayed because of the aircraft having to reroute. Passengers should check on the website and with their airline, it's on a flight by flight basis.
The spokesperson added that Birmingham have not taken any diverted flights from London but "if we're asked we'll take them".
There is disruption to some flights to and from Birmingham and East Midlands Airport due to a technical problem at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control centre.
Passengers are being advised to contact their airlines.
UK Airspace is being affected by the power outage at the Swanwick control centre which is causing delays and disruption to flights country-wide.
Birmingham and East Midlands Airport say they have not yet been requested to take in diverted flights from London following airspace closure across the capital.
All London airspace has been closed until 7pm as a result of a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol said.
Flights to and from the UK are expected to be severely delayed this evening, as a result.
The runway at East Midlands Airport has reopened after a temporary closure this evening.
AirLiveNet.com originally reported that the runway closed due to a plane landing with a technical fault, but the air traffic monitoring website tweeted in the last few moments saying traffic was stopped because a plane caught fire.
UPDATE EMA: We got the information East Midlands Airport stopped all traffic because a Jet2 plane caught fire on the runway.
All flights that were kept in a holding pattern are now being brought in to land.