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Flights grounded after air traffic control failure in France and Spain

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British Airways passengers at a UK airport were told they have been delayed because of an air traffic control failure across France and Spain (Picture: PA)

Passengers attempting to fly back to the UK after holidays in Europe have reported being stuck on grounded planes for hours due to an issue with air traffic control in France.

Flights across Europe have been delayed or cancelled after a computer fail meant air traffic controllers had to cut back services.

Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways passengers are among those affected.

Passengers on a British Airways flight at a UK airport received a text message while on board which read: We would like to apologise for the delay to your British Airways flight.

This is due to Air Traffic Control systems failure across France and Spain.

One passenger wrote on Twitter that she had been stuck on a Ryanair flight at Malaga airport for hours.

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Aviation 24 reports that a problem with computer communication systems in France means thousands of messages between airlines, aircrafts and airports to French traffic controllers are not getting through.

Many took to Twitter to complain of delays and cancellations.

I love being stuck on an airplane for two hours due to motor problems and air traffic problems in France …

— Liz ? (@LizLovesWine1) September 1, 2019

@Ryanair sitting on the tarmac at Malaga airport with 5 children and a heavily pregnant sister whose safe to fly is about to expire! Lied to by staff disgusting! Staff wont even serve the kids a drink. Its like being held hostage. Passengers should boycott!

— Lindsey Crabtree (@LindsMarieCrab) September 1, 2019

@eurocontrol flight to Manchester grounded at Malaga airport due to air traffic control in France??? Any updates? Stuck on a grounded plane for 2hrs ?

— toyha mccarrick (@no1phoenix) September 1, 2019

Air traffic control down over France! Feel for people Read More – Source