Flight chaos in Britain after air traffic control glitch
LONDON (AFP) - A "technical problem" in Britain's air traffic control system sparked hundreds of flight cancellations on Saturday, leaving thousands of angry passengers stranded.
Britain's National Air Traffic Service (Nats) said the glitch, which hit major airports including London's Heathrow, was caused by a faulty switch between its night-time and daytime operating systems at its control centre in Swanwick, southern England.
The error caused delays and cancellations for 11 hours at airports from Dublin to Glasgow, before Nats finally announced that the problem had been fixed.
"Operations are returning to normal," a spokesman for the agency, which is part-owned by the government and a group of airlines, said at 1930 GMT (3.30am Singapore time).