Possible delays at Robin Hood Airport

Robin Hood Airport.
Robin Hood Airport.

Travellers from Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport are advised to check their flights as an air traffic control centre fault is causing delays across the UK and Ireland.

The National Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said its Swanwick centre, in Hampshire, was having “difficulty switching from night time to daytime operation”.

Operations director Juliet Kennedy said: “We don’t at the moment know how long it is going to take to resolve.

The Association of British Travel Agents said it was told problems would persist until at least 2pm while airline Ryanair said the air traffic control issues would continue until at least 4pm “affecting certain flights”.

By midday on a normal Saturday air traffic controllers at Nats would have dealt with 2000 flights. By midday today, they’d dealt with 1,700.

Nats organise the airspace at the UK’s 15 biggest airports, so any problems there have a big impact. This will cause knock on delays and cancellations all day today and probably tomorrow as well.

A spokesman for Robin Hood Airort said: “If you’re flying this weekend, as ever, check with your airline first before setting off.”