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Major Delays At London Airports  
User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1749 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12269 times:

Apparently most flights out of LHR, LGW, STN and LTN are being delayed from landing and departing this morning due to the NATS flight plan system suffering from technical problems.

This message is appearing on Heathrow Airport's website:

"Air traffic control (NATS) has advised us that there is a technical issue with processing flight plans. In order to maintain safety, some restrictions have been applied to flights at London airports including Heathrow.
NATS engineers are currently working to restore the system to full operation, however some disruption to departing and arriving flights is likely.

Passengers travelling from Heathrow today are advised to check-in as normal. Further updates will be provided as soon as more information is available"

Hopefully this won't lead to too much disruption but I envisage a rather large backlog of flights building up and miserable delays for passengers.


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User currently offlineDelta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1277 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12102 times:

Heard from a friend who is sitting since 1.5 hours on an aircraft in Luton, next to him 23 more airplanes waiting with passengers on board for departure. Seem to be quite a big problem...... Anyone knows more ?


Fly easyJet
User currently offline767eng From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2010, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12102 times:

Looks like the NATS problem has been fixed but delays of 1/2 hour + are being suffered at most London Airports

User currently offlineDelta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1277 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12092 times:

Yes, now they got a new departure slot and are about to push. So, seem its moving now,


Fly easyJet
User currently offlinelaxboeingman From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11145 times:

I understand that technology fails, but how did this happen, and why didn't NATS have a back-up system in place?

I am glad that everything is now moving at normal pace, but there needs to be a plan in order to either prevent a system failure, or have a system ready to prevent delays if the main system goes down.

Thank you for all answers/comments,

laxboeingman



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User currently offline767eng From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2010, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10953 times:

I can only assume they used their contingency plans which is why there were delays rather than a complete shutdown.

User currently offlineheathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9827 times:

I apologize in advance for my ignorance, but was LCY not affected by this? I can't see why they wouldn't be.

Hopefully all LON crews can work hard to get things back to normal!


User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7237 times:

Quoting heathrow (Reply 6):

They had some delays this morning. Got a couple of tweets from them about it.


User currently offlineqqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2292 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5813 times:

We departed on AA 173 to RDU this morning and there was about a 15 minute delay due to the computer glitch... nothing serious. I guess we got lucky. We also arrived about 15 minutes early.  


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User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1811 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

Have the rioters got to the NATS??   

But seriously, I hope no one is affected.



Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3348 times:

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 9):
Have the rioters got to the NATS??

That was my first reaction to the topic.

When it rains it pours, unfortunately. What an interesting few days in the UK it has been.


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