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US NewsAir traffic control problems causing delays at London Heathrow and Gatwick

14:55  26 july  2019
14:55  26 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Stansted is the second worst airport in the world for delays with a THIRD of flights failing to leave on time, damning study finds

Stansted is the second worst airport in the world for delays with a THIRD of flights failing to leave on time, damning study finds The findings mark a dismal year for the Essex airport, the fourth-busiest in the country and a hub for Ryanair and several low-cost Eastern European airlines. Last month, the record high temperatures caused chaos at Stansted, with a string of delays and cancellations. Only 66 per cent of flights got away on time. In July last year, exhausted passengers were pictured trying to sleep on a baggage carousel and the floor after storms disrupted flights. Just a third of flights left on time, according to the study, by luggage storage company Stasher.

Find train or bus transfers between London Heathrow , Stansted and Gatwick airports. Allow plenty of time! As well as journey times quoted here you’ll need to factor in things like passport control , baggage reclaim, waiting for buses, check-in, airport security and maybe taking a break.

Flights to Heathrow and Gatwick airport could be delayed over the next three weeks as air traffic controllers update the technology that they use. As the new system is introduced, and controllers adjust to using it, the number of flights allowed to land at London ’s two main air travel hubs will be

Air traffic control problems causing delays at London Heathrow and Gatwick © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Aircraft come in to land and take off from Heathrow airport in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Flights are being delayed at Britain's two busiest airports, London's Heathrow and Gatwick, following technical problems at the main air traffic control center for southern England, air traffic authorities said on Friday.

"We have a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control which is causing some flight restrictions. We are doing all we can to fix it as soon as possible," Britain's NATS air traffic control service said.

Related: Thousands of passengers disrupted as flights and trains cancelled in extreme temperatures

Eurocontrol, NATS' pan-European equivalent, said the outage was causing a high level of delays at Heathrow and Gatwick, though they appeared to be easing.

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