Flights delayed after glitch

Air traffic control company Nats said it is restricting the number of aircraft flying across the south of England and those taking off from airports due to technical problems at its Swanwick control centre in Hampshire.

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Air traffic control company fix technical problems

The air traffic control company Nats said it has " identified and corrected" the technical problem.

The company went on:

Operations are now returning to normal and we are working with the airports, airlines and (Europe-wide organisation) Eurocontrol to clear the backlog of flights to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Outbound delays from the UK have generally been limited to 20 minutes. We regret any inconvenience this technical problem has caused. However, our first priority will always be the safety of the flying public.

Minimal delays to flights at Heathrow and Gatwick

There were only minimal delays to flights at Heathrow, with services heading south from the west London airport the only ones affected, after air traffic control company Nats experienced "technical problems" at its Hampshire control centre.

At Gatwick in West Sussex, only flights heading for Jersey in the Channel Islands were affected.

Minimal delays to flights at Heathrow and Gatwick. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Flight delays expected after 'technical glitch'

Thousands of air travellers faced delays today after air traffic control company Nats experienced "technical problems" at its Hampshire control centre. The company issued a statement following the fault:

NATS is experiencing technical problems at our Swanwick control centre and we are working to restore full operations.

This has not resulted in the closure of UK airspace or the suspension of all flights in or out the UK.

However, to maintain safety NATS is restricting the number of aircraft flying across the south of England and those taking off from airports. We regret any inconvenience this may cause however our first priority will always be the safety of the flying public.

NATS is taking every step to restore services and has contingency plans in place to minimise any disruption.

Air traffic control: Restrictions in place after glitch

NATS the UK-based global air traffic solutions company has said that aircrafts are "still moving", after a technical problem in its Swanick control centre in Hampshire, restricting south of England flights.

South of England flights hit by control centre hitch

Air traffic control company Nats said it is restricting the number of aircraft flying across the south of England and those taking off from airports due to technical problems at its Swanwick control centre in Hampshire.

The problem led to Nats restricting the number of aircraft flying across the south of England and those taking off from airports.

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