Computer failure causes flight delays around Europe

Apr 04, 2018, 01:44
Computer failure causes flight delays around Europe

European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday with around half of all flights at risk of delays following a technical problem at Eurocontrol, the agency in charge of the continent's skies.

The failure occurred in the system ETFMS (Enhanced tactical system of air traffic control).

Today 29,500 flights were expected in the European network.

It later said the issue had been identified but it would take until late on Tuesday evening to recover the system. "Passengers are advised to check latest flight information with their airline".

While the regulation of traffic is affected by the problems, Eurocontrol stresses that air traffic control is not.

A significant proportion of flights in and out of London City airport were delayed, although Heathrow said it had been largely unaffected.

The error has forced Eurocontrol's contingency plan, which involves reducing network capacity by grounding planes starting with 10 percent.

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A Eurocontrol spokesperson said this afternoon: "We very much regret the inconvenience caused to passengers across Europe today however safety is our number one priority at all times".

This will be raised to 90% of maximum capacity for the following 10 days.

Average delays at Heathrow could be 20 minutes as arrivals are limited to 80 per cent of maximum capacity for 10 days from tomorrow.

Aircraft operators are recommended to review flight plans for flights that have not yet been performed.

United Kingdom air traffic is expected to grow from 2.6 million flights a year ago to 3.1 million in 2030.