Sunday, 1 September 2019

French air traffic control system failure grounds flights

European air travel is slowly getting back to normal after a serious computer malfunction at the French Air Traffic Control's centralised flight planning centre which caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled or delayed early on Sunday.

Thousands of passengers around Europe had their travel plans disrupted by the system's failure which lasted around three hours on Sunday morning. The outage not only caused flights to and from France and parts of Spain to be affected, but it also grounded and delayed flights flying over French-controlled airspace. 

There is no confirmation of the cause of the outage from the French authorities at this stage, or why it took so long to repair, a deliberate cyber-attack has also not been ruled out yet.  An investigation is ongoing.

British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet were just some fo the airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights and delay hundreds more, with knock-on delays likely to last well into tomorrows schedules. 

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