Ryanair warns passengers of ‘significant delays’ to flights

Ryanair has issued a flight warning to passengers travelling to and from London Gatwick Airport.

An outbreak of Covid among air traffic control staff at the airport has led to cancellations and delays for British passengers.

An airline spokesperson said: “Due to further NATS (National Air Traffic) staffing shortages, a small number of flights to and from London Gatwick have been delayed today, Tuesday, September 26.

“This is the seventh time in five weeks that flights to and from the UK have been disrupted due to NATS staff shortages.

“It is unacceptable that NATS fail to adequately staff again and we call on the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to immediately intervene.

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“All affected passengers have been notified and should check their Ryanair app for flight updates.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that this latest NATS failure may cause to our passengers.”

Around 8,000 passengers from a range of airlines were impacted by the Gatwick chaos with the vast majority of cancellations easyJet flights.

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NATS said they did all they could to minimise disruption but short notice staff sickness had led to delays.

Gatwick imposed a cap of 800 flights on Monday and added further flight caps for the rest of the week. The airport has said it will share the 164 flight cancellations throughout the week between airlines.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s chief executive, said it had been a “difficult decision to take” but Gatwick wanted to avoid last minute cancellations.

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Earlier this year, an air traffic control breakdown led to mass delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.

Affected travellers should have been contacted directly by their airline and are entitled to another flight if one is available.

This is the case even if the only available flight is on another airline. Passengers should contact their airline for options.

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