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Chaos: failure delays 50% of aircraft in Europe

Eurocontrol's Etfms system in tilt

The airlines are reworking flight schedule

Eurocontrol, the European civil and military air traffic control body, reported a few hours ago to the failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS), which had an impact on flight schedules on the continent. Emergency procedures have been put in place but have had the effect of reducing the capacity of the European network by around 10%, causing the delay of 50% of aircraft in Europe.

The ETFMS is essential for Eurocontrol's coordination function of flight flow throughout Europe. Air traffic control has not been directly affected, a tweet reported it, and there are no safety consequences from the failure.

Only recently the update informed that "the problem has been identified, and actions are under way to bring the situation back to normal. But all the flight schedules communicated by the airlines before 10:26 UTC of this morning are lost, and the carriers has been asked to re-elaborate new ones for all those planes that have not taken off yet".

Considering that it is about all the aircraft whose take-off has been planned today in European airports, it has the measure of foreseeable chaos also expected in the next hours.

The note continues informing that the ATFM emergency plan will be maintained in the next few hours, as long as Eurocontrol technicians are not sure that sufficient data are available in the system to allow it to function properly.

The manager still expects a return to normal by tonight. Today, 29,500 flights are expected throughout the European network; the delay could concern 50% of these ones.

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