UPDATE: Southend Airport returns to normal after air travel chaos delays

Southend Standard: British Airways plane at Southend Airport this afternoon. Picture by Echo reader Simon Wilson British Airways plane at Southend Airport this afternoon. Picture by Echo reader Simon Wilson

A TECHNICAL hitch  caused travel chaos at airports across the country.

The usually punctual Southend Airport reported several on Saturday.

Among those hit by the hitch are flights to and from Alicante, Barcelona, Jersey and Majorca. Passengers were advised to board planes despite the delays - which may continue on into tomorrow.

The problem was caused by computer issues at the air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire.

A statement from Southend Airport's operator said on Saturday morning: "Due to a technical issue at Swanick Air Traffic there will be delays across the whole of the UK.

"Swanick Air Traffic have informed us they are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

"Please check with your airline for further flight information. Please note bag drop, check in and gate will still close at scheduled times."

A statement from air traffic control provider NATS said: “In the early hours of this morning, a technical problem occurred at our Area Control centre at Swanwick.

"The problem is related to the internal telephone system used by our air traffic controllers.

"Safety has not been compromised at any time."

It added: "We now understand what the problem is and our engineers are working hard to rectify the issues as quickly as possible. Everyone in our operation is continuing to work closely with our customers to manage the traffic and clear the backlog.

"We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience being caused to passengers."

Have you been affected by the delays? Call reporter Ian Weinfass on 01702 321 142 or email ian.weinfass@nqe.com.

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1:21pm Sat 7 Dec 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Well done again Echo. Looks like the person who wrote the headline hadn't read the story.

Accurate headline: Technical hitch delays flights at Every UK Airport.
Well done again Echo. Looks like the person who wrote the headline hadn't read the story. Accurate headline: Technical hitch delays flights at Every UK Airport. stopmoaning1

2:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

No doubt saen will rub there hands in glee & say its all down to Southend
No doubt saen will rub there hands in glee & say its all down to Southend Southend Andy

5:31pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

For sale...Swanwick ATC, needs slight attention.
For sale...Swanwick ATC, needs slight attention. Nowthatsworthknowing

6:23pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

Don't let FACT get in the way of a story bashing a Southend Success.
Don't let FACT get in the way of a story bashing a Southend Success. Joe Clark

8:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Spledoink says...

"Have you been 'effected' by the delays ? And this incorrect spelling in a publication whose whole livelihood is based on correct use of the English language !
Tut tut Southend Echo.
"Have you been 'effected' by the delays ? And this incorrect spelling in a publication whose whole livelihood is based on correct use of the English language ! Tut tut Southend Echo. Spledoink

9:26pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

Spledoink wrote:
"Have you been 'effected' by the delays ? And this incorrect spelling in a publication whose whole livelihood is based on correct use of the English language !
Tut tut Southend Echo.
Nofink new four the echo!

(Nothing new for the Echo)

It's a bit on a non-story, there is nothing that Sothend Airport, Easyjet or AerArann (Aer Lingus Regional) could do, the situation was completely out of their hands.
[quote][p][bold]Spledoink[/bold] wrote: "Have you been 'effected' by the delays ? And this incorrect spelling in a publication whose whole livelihood is based on correct use of the English language ! Tut tut Southend Echo.[/p][/quote]Nofink new four the echo! (Nothing new for the Echo) It's a bit on a non-story, there is nothing that Sothend Airport, Easyjet or AerArann (Aer Lingus Regional) could do, the situation was completely out of their hands. Joe Clark

9:37pm Sat 7 Dec 13

OldSmokey says...

Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.
Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport. OldSmokey

1:18pm Sun 8 Dec 13

max zorin says...

OldSmokey wrote:
Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.
fingers crossed, i actually like southend now and i think the airport has put the town back on the map :)
[quote][p][bold]OldSmokey[/bold] wrote: Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.[/p][/quote]fingers crossed, i actually like southend now and i think the airport has put the town back on the map :) max zorin

1:57pm Sun 8 Dec 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Breaking news UPDATE: All airports in the UK return to normal after air travel chaos delays

Luckily I wasn't 'effected' by any of it.
Breaking news UPDATE: All airports in the UK return to normal after air travel chaos delays Luckily I wasn't 'effected' by any of it. stopmoaning1

6:04pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

stopmoaning1 wrote:
Breaking news UPDATE: All airports in the UK return to normal after air travel chaos delays

Luckily I wasn't 'effected' by any of it.
Or even AFFECTED
[quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: Breaking news UPDATE: All airports in the UK return to normal after air travel chaos delays Luckily I wasn't 'effected' by any of it.[/p][/quote]Or even AFFECTED Nowthatsworthknowing

6:23pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

BREAKING NEWS: There is nothing new to report...
BREAKING NEWS: There is nothing new to report... Joe Clark

6:52pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

OldSmokey wrote:
Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.
I do hope so, wouldn't be fantastic to see the big ones
[quote][p][bold]OldSmokey[/bold] wrote: Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.[/p][/quote]I do hope so, wouldn't be fantastic to see the big ones Nowthatsworthknowing

7:47pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Makebelieve says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
OldSmokey wrote:
Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.
I do hope so, wouldn't be fantastic to see the big ones
When you say big one one do you mean aircraft or airlines? If aircraft the biggest we will see are A320s and if airline, Easyjet is not a big airline?

The Embraer pictured is BA Cityflyer who are based only at City Airport, no chance they will move now after investing heavily in a new fleet and routes.

Flybe could easily make Southend their London base after a re-organisation and selling their Gatwick slots. They have no London operation at all now
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OldSmokey[/bold] wrote: Nice to see a BA aircraft, hopefully they might see the light and start operating from this ever expanding airport.[/p][/quote]I do hope so, wouldn't be fantastic to see the big ones[/p][/quote]When you say big one one do you mean aircraft or airlines? If aircraft the biggest we will see are A320s and if airline, Easyjet is not a big airline? The Embraer pictured is BA Cityflyer who are based only at City Airport, no chance they will move now after investing heavily in a new fleet and routes. Flybe could easily make Southend their London base after a re-organisation and selling their Gatwick slots. They have no London operation at all now Makebelieve

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