Airspace back open following power failure

File picture of planes at Heathrow Airport. Picture: PA

File picture of planes at Heathrow Airport. Picture: PA

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AIRSPACE has now re-opened following a computer failure earlier today.

Planes had been left stranded at Heathrow this afternoon after an air traffic control power outage at National Air Traffic Services (NATS) control centre, in Swanwick, grounded flights.

Undated screen grabbed image taken from www.flightaware.com at 1600 GMT showing all planes over London airspace as flights at southern England airports have been suspended until 6pm due to a problem at the UK air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire, air traffic management company Eurocontrol said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 12, 2014. See PA story AIR Flights. Photo credit should read: FlightAware/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. AIR_Flights_160468.JPG

Undated screen grabbed image taken from www.flightaware.com at 1600 GMT showing all planes over London airspace as flights at southern England airports have been suspended until 6pm due to a problem at the UK air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire, air traffic management company Eurocontrol said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 12, 2014. See PA story AIR Flights. Photo credit should read: FlightAware/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. AIR_Flights_160468.JPG

Flights at Southampton Airport were also affected.

Delays are expected this evening while journeys return to normal.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said: ‘There is a power outage at the NATS control centre in Swanwick which is affecting UK airspace.

‘Flights are currently experiencing delays. We will update passengers as soon as we have more information.’

A spokesman for NATS said: ‘NATS can confirm that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised.

Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.’

A statement on the NATS website said: ‘NATS can confirm that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

‘We apologise for any delays and our incident response team has been mobilised.

‘Every possible action is being taken to assist in resolving the situation and to confirm the details.

‘Further information will be released as it becomes available.’

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said military operations running from NATS are unaffected.

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