As it happened: UK and Ireland Flight delays

Key points

  • Telephone glitch at National Air Traffic Service delays flights at airports in the UK and Ireland
  • Air traffic officials say problem solved but delays to continue Saturday evening and into Sunday
  • Thousands of people affected at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Cardiff, Glasgow and others
  • Traffic controllers handled 2,800 flights rather than usual 3,500 for a Saturday
  • Officials insist that safety "not compromised at any time" by glitch
  • Ryanair urges aviation regulator to intervene to prevent further disruption

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Reporting:

  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Anna Browning 

Last updated 7 December 2013

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