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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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Control centre has previously experienced problems

National Air Traffic Services' control centre in Swanwick which is experiencing technical issues.

The £623 million state-of-the-art air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire has previously experienced technical difficulties since air traffic control company Nats moved in.

In the first few months of its opening in 2002, Swanwick experienced a number of computer failures prompting MPs to question staffing levels at the company.

There were also problems in September 2008 when a computer fault led to flight delays, while in July this year flights in southern England were delayed due to another problem at the centre.

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