Birmingham Airport flights suspended as 'runway closed due to air traffic control failure'
23rd December 2018

Flights are expected to be affected until at least 10pm tonight, leaving some passengers unable to make it home in time for Christmas.

Air traffic management organisation Eurocontrol said there were “few flights, with high delays… arrivals unavailable due to electronic flight plan system failure”.

And flight trackers have shown planes circulating above the airport, with one being forced to fly back to Frankfurt, Germany.

Others appear to have been diverted to Manchester and East Midlands Airports, according to FlightRadar 24.

Jet-setters have expressed their irritation on social media, with one tweeting: "A cancelled flight yesterday and now no chance of getting on our alternative option as Birmingham airport is closed due to technical difficulties."





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One tweeter moaned: "They've started to serve dinner on the plane. Looks like it gonna be a long time at #BirminghamAirport…"

One flyer has even been held on tarmac for two and a half hours. She tweeted: "I wonder if the engineer has tried turning it off and on again?

"Now stuck on the tarmac for 2.5hours after a 10hour delay!"

Another said: Not sure if I will be making it home tonight. Stuck at Edinburgh Airport thanks to Birmingham Airport."

But other fearful flyers are linking Gatwick's drone chaos to the "technical issue" in Birmingham.

One tweeted: "What happened at #Gatwick and now #BirminghamAirport."

Another added: "The police have stated that there may have been 'no drone activity' in Gatwick.

"And now 'temporary' shutdown at Birmingham airport?! What aren’t the people being told? Are our systems being hacked?!"

Passengers have been advised to check with their airline even though Birmingham's National Express services are still serving the airport.

An airport spokesperson told Sun Online: “Birmingham Airport has had to temporarily suspend services due to an air traffic control fault.

"We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"Passengers are advised to check with their airline regarding flight departures and arrivals.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing to our passengers.”

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