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Technical glitch at Air Traffic Control hits Frankfurt airport – Bangalore Aviation

Technical glitch at Air Traffic Control hits Frankfurt airport

Frankfurt airport, one of the busiest in the world, was shut down for 50 minutes this morning, due to a technical glitch in its Air Traffic Control.

The airport, was shrouded in fog, and the data transmission from the German weather service and the ATC broke down between 0635 and 0725, as per a spokesman for air traffic control.

This forced a cancellation of all flights in and out.

Airport operator Fraport reports 38 departing flights and 37 arriving flights. 25 flights already in the air, mostly long distance flights en-route to Frankfurt, were diverted to Cologne and Stuttgart airports.

The stoppage, caused significant downstream disruptions which took almost half the day to clear up.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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