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Gatwick Airport suffers complete failure of air traffic control

As of 7 p.m. London time, flight operations had resumed, but significant residual delays were expected.

A major air traffic control systems failure led to London’s Gatwick airport implementing a complete ground stop on Wednesday evening.

At around 5 p.m. London time, the airport suspended all flights as it worked to resolve the issue. A 7 p.m. update from the airport stated that flights had resumed, but suggested that residual delays were expected as the airport worked to bring operations back to normal..

Numerous inbound flights that were already in the air when the failure occurred were seen diverting to other nearby airports in cities such as Birmingham and Brighton, based on data shown by flight tracking software FlightRadar24.

Later flights were shown to be delayed, including departing flights.

In a statement issued at 7 p.m. local time, Gatwick said:

Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights were suspended between 17.08 and 19.00. Flights have resumed, but passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport as we return to full operations.

Gatwick is the UK’s second-busiest airport, and the eighth busiest in Europe.

This article was originally published on Business Insider. Copyright 2019.

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