Widespread disruption to flights in the UK due to technical problem

Transport Minister denies cyberattack

British transport minister Mark Harper has stated that it will take several days to resolve the extensive disruption to flights in and out of the country. This disruption occurred after air traffic control systems were affected by a technical problem. Despite speculation on social media about a possible hacking attempt, Harper assured the public that government officials do not believe the issue was caused by a cyberattack.

Unprecedented scale of disruption

Harper explained that a disruption of this magnitude has not occurred in nearly a decade, as the air traffic control system typically operates smoothly. He further stated that technical experts have examined the problem and confirmed that it was not a cybersecurity incident.

Flight cancellations and delays

On Monday, thousands of air travelers experienced delays as the UK’s air traffic control system experienced a breakdown. Approximately 1,500 flights were cancelled on what is typically one of the busiest travel days in the country. Air traffic controllers were forced to switch to manual systems, causing significant disruptions.

Continued impact and advice for passengers

Harper warned that there will likely be ongoing effects from the disruption, and it may take a few more days for airlines to resume normal operations. Heathrow Airport has advised passengers to contact their airline before traveling to the airport on Tuesday. In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), they stated, „Due to yesterday’s technical issues suffered by UK Air Traffic Control, there may be some continuing disruption on some routes, including flight cancellations. It is important for all passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before traveling to the airport and to contact their airline directly for rebooking instead of going to Heathrow.“

Airlines working to resolve the issue

British Airways also acknowledged the situation and stated that they are working diligently to assist affected customers and get them back on their way.

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