London’s Airspace Closed After Power Failure

By Jesse Sokolow on 12 December 2014
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London Heathrow from the air

London Heathrow from the air

Flights in and out of London were disrupted after London’s airspace was shut down due to a computer failure.

Eurocontrol, the European air control agency, said there had been a power outage at the NATS control center at the UK’s air traffic control center in Swanwick.  Officials declined to say how long the situation would continue.

The shutdown impacts five busy airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and London City.

“Flights are currently experiencing delays and we will update passengers as soon as we have more information,” the agency said in a statement.

All flights in and out of the city’s airports have been either delayed or cancelled.  At Gatwick, incoming flights to Gatwick are continuing to land and all departing flights have been grounded, and Heathrow Airport says that flights are “currently experiencing delays” and planes could be diverted to other airports.

“We have been advised by the European flight safety body that All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT due to a computer failure,” said British Airways in a statement on its website.

“Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details,” according to a statement by the NATS control center.

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