On Monday, August 28, a troubling scenario unfolded as data from Flightradar24 showed a gathering of planes at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. This unsettling development was the result of a widespread air traffic control failure that struck the UK.
Amid the Bank Holiday Monday rush, countless airline passengers encountered the potential for delays and cancellations, as this bustling day of the year was marred by the unforeseen disruption. The impact was felt both on the ground, with grounded aircraft, and in the sky, with planes already in flight expected to be rerouted to alternative European airports.
Eurocontrol, the European air traffic control agency, issued a statement indicating that Britain was grappling with a “flight data processing system failure,” which had caused significant delays classified as “very high.”