At least 500 flights leaving and flying to the UK were grounded following a "technical issue" with air traffic control systems, the National Air Traffic Services said Monday.1
According to Transport Secretary Mark Harper, the technical issue has been fully resolved, however, significant flight disruption resulted from the glitch in the UK and beyond.2
In a statement, the National Air Traffic Services said that the technical issue that caused the network-wide failure is being monitored by engineers.3
The Services revealed that the issue affected the flight planning system's ability to process flight plans automatically. Since the flight plans had to be processed manually, the glitch caused a major systemic disruption.4
Airlines have reportedly told travelers to expect delays of up to 12 hours. Over 6K flights were due to depart and arrive at UK airports on Monday — with around 1M passengers on board.5
This comes amid a public holiday weekend in the UK and the final few days of the summer vacation, meaning tens of thousands of holidaymakers could be affected across Europe.6
Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by Sky News. The network-wide failure of the UK's air traffic control systems is extremely concerning. Millions of passengers, including children, face massive flight disruption. The UK government needs to get a better handle on the transportation sector.
Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Guardian. The UK's air traffic control systems were overwhelmed as millions of holidaymakers hit the airports for the summer holidays. The government is working to get the flights back on track after delays and ensure mishaps are averted. This type of disruption was exacerbated by the extraordinary number of travelers.