Tag: air traffic control

Airlines under fire for neglecting passenger rights after new report into August ATC failures

Airlines have come under fire for failing to help passengers during the August 2023 air traffic control (ATC) system collapse in the UK. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today published an interim report carried out by its Independent Review Panel into the airport chaos that left almost a qu...

Ryanair boss demands NATS CEO quits over weekend ATC failures at Gatwick

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has called for the resignation of NATS CEO Martin Rolfe after Gatwick airport's air traffic control system collapsed again over the weekend. The failure led to passengers facing hours of delays after an air traffic control (ATC) outage grounded dozens of flights. It com...

Ryanair issues warning to UK travellers amid French air traffic control strike

Ryanair has issued a warning to British travellers as the airline grapples with flight cancellations prompted by a strike from air traffic control workers in France, commencing on Monday, November 20. A spokesperson for Claims.co.uk has outlined the potential risks for individuals booking package h...

Ryanair calls for protection of EU overflights amid French ATC strikes

Ryanair has called on the EU Commission to take urgent action to protect overflights as French air traffic control strikes take place today. The airline said that so far this year there have been 65 days of air traffic control (ATC) strikes, forcing airlines to cancel thousands of EU overflights. R...

UK passengers could face price hikes as NATS airline charge increase

UK passengers could face fare hikes as air traffic costs increase for airlines

Air passengers could face higher fare prices as airlines are set to pay more for the UK air traffic control system. Today, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced it had reached a final decision on new price control arrangements for NATS En Route plc (NERL), the provider of en route air t...

Ryanair signs 5-year deal with Enilive for access to up to 100,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel

Ryanair CEO criticizes NATS over air traffic control debacle

In a fiery exchange during today's Transport Select Committee hearing, Ryanair's Chief Executive, Michael O'Leary, vehemently criticized the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) chief, labeling their report on August's air traffic control failure as "a complete tissue of nonsense" and "completely mi...

UK airport scraps 160 flights over air traffic control shortages

UK airport scraps 160 flights over air traffic control shortages

Staff Writer, Agence France-Presse (AFP) London's Gatwick airport said on Monday that it had been forced to cancel more than 160 flights between now and Sunday due to an exceptional shortage of controllers, partly caused by coronavirus infections. Flights will be limited to 800 per day, depar...

Air traffic failures caused by ‘one in 15 million’ incident

The air traffic control failures that plunged airports into chaos over the August bank holiday weekend were caused by a “one in 15 million” occurrence according to NATS boss, Martin Rolfe. After a preliminary report into the incident was published today, Mr Rolfe confirmed the failures happen...

easyJet boss calls for independent review into UK air traffic control failure

easyJet's boss has demanded that a "full independent review" takes place after the air traffic control (ATC) failure over the bank holiday weekend plunged airports into chaos. Johan Lundgren said the failure "must not happen again". NATS (National Air Traffic Services) believes it is the fault of...

Newlyweds’ nightmare, lost luggage and an airport flood: passengers’ stories amid air traffic control chaos

Passengers in the UK and abroad have told of the bank holiday weekend chaos experienced as a result of air traffic control (ATC) failures which are believed to have been caused by "unreliable" flight data. Travellers are expected to continue facing disruption to their flights in the coming days a...

European Air Traffic Control Performance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the following statement by its Director General, Willie Walsh, on the performance of European Air Traffic Control: “Last month I expressed concern about Air Traffic Control (ATC) performance in Europe and the US. Both are disappointing. ...

Strike action announced due to Inverness air traffic control plans

Air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) have announced that they are set to strike over plans to centralise services. "The strike action will be effective from 00.01 on Thursday 29 July for 24 hours," a HIAL airports statement read. "Prospect has confirmed that the c...

London Stansted’s eye-catching NHS tribute lights up control tower

Stunning visuals lit up the 63 metre NATS Air Traffic Control tower at London Stansted last night (May 21) in appreciation to the NHS and key workers. The giant projection was captured on camera by a drone as the nation took to their doorsteps once again to ‘clap for carers’. The dazzlin...

Munich Airport preparing for rebound in air traffic

With an extensive package of measures to protect against infection, Munich Airport is preparing for a rebound in air traffic and increasing passenger figures. This will ensure travel remains safe at Munich Airport. Travelers will be informed of rules of conduct through regular announcements, poster...

Airlines Grateful for Air Traffic Control Charges Delay

Airlines Grateful for Air Traffic Control Charges Delay

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thanked Eurocontrol member states and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) for agreeing to delay payments due for air navigation services in February through to May this year. The payments would have totalled more than 1.1 billion Eur...

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