Delays may continue after air traffic control problems

Passengers were left stranded today when a technical problem at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK and Ireland.

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Air control problem causes chaos at UK airports

Thousands of people have been affected after a technical problem at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK.

Disruption includes:

  • Heathrow cancelled 217 flights so far today
  • Gatwick cancelled five flights but experienced 86 delays
  • Stansted said flights had been delayed by up to three hours
  • Other airports affected: Dublin, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Luton, London City, Exeter and Newcastle
  • The National Air Traffic Service said the disruption has caused a 20 per cent reduction in flights handled
  • The company said the issue would not be fixed until between 6.30pm and 7pm

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