April 19, 2024

The airways flying to/from the UK and Eire and people using their airspace confronted headwinds on Monday due to a whole system meltdown on the UK NATS that controls the airspace.

NATS has printed an replace that the difficulty has been resolved, however there might be vital adjustments and delays on flights on account of depart and land at numerous UK airports for the remainder of the day on account of crews and planes being out of their normal rotations.

NATS’ Newest Announcement:

Air Visitors Management system replace

28 August 2023

Assertion at 15:15 UK time

Now we have recognized and remedied the technical subject affecting our flight planning system this morning.  We at the moment are working intently with airways and airports to handle the flights affected as effectively as attainable.  Our engineers might be fastidiously monitoring the system’s efficiency as we return to regular operations.

The flight planning subject affected the system’s capability to mechanically course of flight plans, which means that flight plans needed to be processed manually which can’t be finished on the similar quantity, therefore the requirement for visitors circulation restrictions.  Our precedence is all the time to make sure that each flight within the UK stays protected and we’re sincerely sorry for the disruption that is inflicting. Please contact your airline for data on how this may occasionally have an effect on your flight.


In case you are flying on EU/EEA/UK-based airways, you’re lined by EC 261/2004 and UK261 relating to lodging and meals bills because of the delay, and all airways if you happen to have been departing from EU/EEA/UK.

They need to additionally rebook you to the ultimate locations on the earliest alternative, even when this implies shifting you to considered one of their rivals.


Most flights affected are these of British Airways, which not permits airport personnel to rebook affected passengers however have to name their inside rebooking line, which is probably going too busy to take calls.

This meltdown will have an effect on BA’s long-haul and a few short-haul flights tomorrow, and even perhaps on Wednesday, on account of airplanes and crews not being the place they need to be.