Power Outage Closes London Airspace

By M@ Last edited 40 months ago
Power Outage Closes London Airspace

London airspace is severely restricted following a technical problem, according to Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. A power outage at Swanwick air traffic control centre is causing major disruption to tens of thousands of travellers. Airspace was expected to remain largely restricted until 7pm tonight, but now (4.30pm) seems to be returning to normal.

Visualisation of airspace at 3.40pm via Flightradar24.

Update 4.15pm: Some flights are now taking off again from Gatwick, but heavy disruption is still the watchword.

Update 4.05pm: Airspace is partly open but severely restricted. Stansted is accepting incoming flights but no planes are taking off. It's a similar situation at Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow. City Airport's website has gone down.

Update 3.50pm: No planes are taking off from Heathrow or Gatwick, but flights on approach are landing. Those further out will be diverted elsewhere. No word yet on how this is affecting the other airports in the south-east.

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More to follow...

Last Updated 12 December 2014


FlightRadar is hypnotic - watching the planes literally pile up at Heathrow. One arriving every 90 seconds. How many can they have room for?

Unga Munga

Before to think to a new airport absolutely not necessary, ail flight operators know that we need to backup the current infrastructure. This is not the first event like this, it only much bigger then usual....


Wow, and no one mentioned people doing festive travel to meet their festive friends and family in festive London. Such restraint! :)