Almost 2000 cancelled flights, the true scale of the ATC failure

Gatwick Control Tower (Image NATS)
Gatwick Control Tower (Image NATS)

Monday’s Air Traffic Control failure of its flight planning system continues to have an effect three days later with cancellations hitting almost 2000 now according to data from aviation analytics firm Cirium.

The worst hit day was Monday which saw 27% of flights from the UK cancelled, some 799 and 786 inbound flights.

Tuesday saw the disruption continue as many crews and aircraft were out of position resulting in 182 outbound flight cancellations and 163 inbound.

As of 9am this morning, 30 outbound and 34 inbound flights had been cancelled but that figure is expected to rise.

Airlines have also come under fire as some passengers complained they werent being helped, especially from low-cost carriers.

What are your rights?

Although this is not the fault of airlines, so you aren’t entitled to compensation, airlines must still offer you an alternative flight and provide accomodation and food as well as transfers if that is at a later date.

Many airlines are expecting passengers to pay for this then go through a claims process, which is often lengthy, to claim the money back.

About Nick Harding 1904 Articles
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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