European Flights Delayed Due To Air Traffic Control Problem

By Loretta Duchamps
Loretta Duchamps
Loretta Duchamps
August 22, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A regional disturbance to Eurocontrol's air traffic control system in the Netherlands caused delays for about 1,000 flights on Friday, affecting flights in and out of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. (Photos.com)
A regional disturbance to Eurocontrol's air traffic control system in the Netherlands caused delays for about 1,000 flights on Friday, affecting flights in and out of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. (Photos.com)
A regional disturbance to Eurocontrol's air traffic control system in the Netherlands caused delays for about 1,000 flights on Friday, affecting flights in and out of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

The outage centered on the Eurocontrol radar system in Maastricht, Holland, lasting for one and a half hours before it resumed normal capacity, said Lucia Pasquini, Eurocontrol’s spokeswoman, according to AP. It affected aircraft flying at altitudes above 24,606 feet.

Eurocontrol assessed that delays reached a total 15,000 to 20,000 minutes, as normally the traffic controllers deal with 200 flights per hour, or 5,500 per day.

On Friday, about 30,000 flights used European airspace, but British, Polish, Austrian, Italian and the Baltic countries’ airspaces were not affected by the outage.