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article imageAir traffic control glitch affects Scottish airports

By Amanda Payne     Oct 26, 2015 in World
Flights to and from Scottish airports have been subject to delay today, Monday October 26, following an overnight problem at the Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre based at Prestwick.
The technical problem caused interference on radio frequencies used to communicate with aircraft. A statement from UK National Air Traffic Services said “the cause has been identified and is currently being resolved. Every possible action is being taken to assist airlines to minimise disruption. We apologise for the inconvenience people may be experiencing and will update with further details as soon as possible.” It is believed the problem was traced to a faulty piece of equipment which was replaced.
The Air Traffic Control Centre at Prestwick controls aircraft over Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern parts of England. The centre is also responsible for monitoring air traffic over parts of the North Atlantic.
The disruption is affecting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick and Aberdeen airports with the knock on effect also causing delays at some Irish airports. Some passengers found themselves stuck on the tarmac after getting up early to catch flights and took to social media to complain about the delays. Passengers intending to fly today are advised to contact their airlines before heading to the airport.
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