About half of flights in Europe have been delayed because of a failure of the Eurocontrol system that manages air traffic for 41 countries.
The issue has been identified and work is underway to return to normal operations, but flight plans from earlier on in the day were lost and Eurocontrol said aircraft operators have been asked to refile the flight plans for all aircraft that have not yet departed.
In what a spokesperson for the company described as ' a very rare event", Eurocontrol said that its flow management system was suffering problems leading officials to roll out a solution with services expected to resume "by late this evening'.
The system is used to compare traffic demand with the available capacity of air traffic control sectors.
The system helps regulate the flow of flights across Europe.
"We have never had anything like this before", a Eurocontrol spokesman told AFP.
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