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This article was published on December 12, 2014

    All airspace over London closed due to computer failure

    All airspace over London closed due to computer failure
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    Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

    Update: NATS says the problem at its Swanwick center has now been resolved and its now in the process of restoring normal services. Flights will still see delays for some time due to the need of crew changes and other issues.

    Update: limited flights from Heathrow and Gatwick are reportedly leaving.

    Original story follows: 

    The airspace above London has been closed due to a computer failure. The situation was first announced by Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation:

    National Air Traffic Control (NATS) then confirmed that a technical problem at its air traffic control center in Swanwick is the heart of the problem.

    NATS says airspace technically remains open but it is restricting traffic volumes:

    https://twitter.com/HeathrowAirport/status/543424876116475904

    The airspace is expected to be closed until at least 7pm GMT, according to Eurocontrol.

    As you can see from the FlightRadar24 screenshot below, flights are stacking up above Heathrow. You can watch live traffic over the airport here.

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    Flights to Gatwick Airport are still landing but flights out are delayed:

    Flights from Stansted Airport are currently suspended:

    As you’d expect, no flights are departing from London City Airport either:

    Luton Airport is also affected: