Travellers trying to get to France on Friday were frustrated as flights were cancelled.
Flights were being delayed at Britain’s two busiest airports, London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, following technical problems at the main air traffic control centre for southern England.
The outage added to travel chaos in London, with commuter trains impacted by a summer heatwave and the Eurostar rail link to France halted by a power cable failure.
“We have a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control which is causing some flight restrictions. We are doing all we can to fix it as soon as possible,” Britain’s NATS air traffic control service said, as reported by Reuters.
Easyjet Gatwick Montpellier, a regular route for Languedoc Living readers, and indeed one of the Languedoc Living sub-editors, was cancelled at the last minute, with little information about the problems. An inevitable scramble to book later flights resulted in most passengers being disappointed, as flights later in the day were fully booked.
Temperatures of 39.6 were recorded in some UK airports. The heatwave, coupled with thunderstorms, and the strike action, meant that it was chaos in many of the UK airports all day Friday.
[Languedoc Living sub-editor is currently driving through France to get back to the Languedoc. Ed.]