15,000 European Flights Delayed As Air Traffic Control Upgrades to Digital System – It’s Not Over Yet

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Almost 15,000 flights were delayed as Eurocontrol’s flight management system failed.

Keep on reading to know the reasons.

System failure

Nearly half of all European flights suffered major flight delays yesterday, March 03, after a system failure at Eurocontrol.

The problem happened with the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System, which helps to manage air traffic by comparing demand and capacity of different air traffic control sectors.

It manages up to 36,000 flights a day. Some 29,500 were scheduled on Tuesday when the fault occurred.

However, the company said that Tuesday’s fault was only the second failure in 20 years, Eurocontrol said – the last happened in 2001.

In a statement, the group said it “very much regrets the disruption that has been caused to passengers and airlines due to today’s outage.”

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Upgrading system

Despite the system failure was fixed, passengers are being warned that the introduction of a new digital air traffic information system could lead to delays at airports from Wednesday.

After 40 years of using paper strips to record instructions passed to pilots, National Air Traffic Services says it can “no longer deal with the demand”.

Starting from now, a new digital system will be used that is expected but it may cause more air traffic troubles in south-east England as controllers get used to the new system.

The UK’s air traffic provider says the electronic tool – called EXCDS – is part of a plan to “meet forecast growth” and “improve efficiency”.

Nats’ Pete Dawson said: “It’s very difficult to predict exactly what that delay will be – there are many other factors like the weather and industrial action in France.

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 15,000 European Flights Delayed As Air Traffic Control Upgrades to Digital System - It's Not Over Yet
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Almost 15,000 flights were delayed as Eurocontrol’s flight management system failed. Keep on reading to know the reasons.
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