Birmingham airport shut for an hour following ATC issues

Birmingham airport was closed for around an hour after air traffic control issues meant some inbound flights were rerouted to Manchester and East Midlands, whilst outgoing flights were delayed.

A spokesperson for the airport said that the closure was due to a technical fault within the ATC tower, and apologised for any inconvenience. The airport said that it was now open.

“Following the earlier air traffic control technical fault, Birmingham Airport has now resolved the issue and operations have now resumed. We thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Birmingham airport spokesperson

Passengers are being told to contact their airline for details of cancellations. But those already at the airport took to Twitter to complain. One said: “A cancelled flight yesterday and now no chance of getting on our alternative option as Birmingham Airport is closed due to technical difficulties. Merry Christmas.”

It comes after days of travel misery for passengers at Gatwick Airport, which saw roughly 140,000 passengers affected when a drone was apparently spotted around the runway, forcing bosses to ground flights.

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