Holidaymakers face delays from airports

DELAYS ''Southampton Airport
DELAYS ''Southampton Airport

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TRAVELLERS faced slight delays this morning as a problem at the air traffic control centre in Swanwick affected flights in and out of the UK.

The air traffic control centre experienced technical problems, which meant aircraft flying in the south were restricted as a contingency measure.

A spokesman from NATS said: ‘NATS has identified and corrected the technical problem that has been affecting air traffic control systems in the south of England.

‘Operations are now returning to normal and we are working with the airports, airlines and Eurocontrol to clear the backlog of flights to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

‘Outbound delays from the UK have generally been limited to 20 minutes.

‘We regret any inconvenience this technical problem has caused, however our first priority will always be the safety of the flying public.”

A statement on the Southampton Airport website said: ‘Flights have now resumed following the earlier air traffic control issue but we are still experiencing some delays. Please check with your airline for the most up to date information or follow our Twitter feed.’

For more information go to nats.co.uk or follow @natspressoffice or @SOU_Airport.