London's Gatwick Airport just suffered a complete failure of its air traffic control systems

Gatwick Airport

  • London’s Gatwick Airport was forced to suspend all flights
    after its air traffic control system failed at around 5 p.m. London
    time.
  • Inbound flights that were already airborne were forced to
    divert to other airports, while other flights were delayed.
  • As of 7 p.m. London time, flight operations had resumed, but
    significant residual delays were expected.

A major air traffic control systems failure led to London’s
Gatwick airport implementing a complete ground stop on Wednesday
evening.

At around 5 p.m. London time, the airport suspended all flights
as it worked to resolve the issue. A 7 p.m. update from the airport
stated that flights had resumed, but suggested that residual delays
were expected as the airport worked to bring operations back to
normal..

Numerous inbound flights that were already in the air when the
failure occurred were seen diverting to other nearby airports in
cities such as Birmingham and Brighton, based on data shown by
flight tracking software FlightRadar24.

Later flights were shown to be delayed, including departing
flights.

In a statement issued at 7 p.m. local time, Gatwick said:

Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control
tower, flights were suspended between 17.08 and 19.00. Flights have
resumed, but passengers are advised to check the status of their
flight with their airline before travelling to the airport as we
return to full operations.

Gatwick is the UK’s second-busiest airport, and the eighth
busiest in Europe.

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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
London's Gatwick Airport just suffered a complete failure of its air traffic control systems