UK air traffic control hit by massive outage with all flights grounded

Computer systems used by the UK’s air traffic control has suffered a ‘network-wide failure’, an airline said, threatening bank holiday travel chaos.

In a pair of tweets, Scottish airline Loganair said: ‘There has been a network-wide failure of UK air traffic control computer systems this morning.

‘Although we are hopeful of being able to operate most intra-Scotland flights on the basis of local coordination and with a minimum of disruption, north-south and international flights maybe subject to delays.

‘If you are flying with us today, please check our website for the latest information about your flight before setting off for the airport.’

In a statement to Sky News, NATS, the national air traffic controllers, said: ‘We are currently experiencing a technical issue and have applied traffic flow restrictions to maintain safety. Engineers are working to find and the fix the fault.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

British Airways said in a statement: ‘We are working closely with NATS to understand the impact of a technical issue that is affecting UK airspace and will keep our customers up to date with the latest information.’

BBC presenter Gabby Logan said she had been caught up by the issue.

She posted on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘On a plane on the runway at Budapest airport. After almost 3 weeks away from home I am hours from hugging my family.

‘And have just been told UK airspace is shut. We could be here for 12 hours. So we sit on the plane and wait.’

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