NATS ATC Failure: easyJet To Operate Repatriation Flights

NATS ATC Failure: easyJet To Operate Repatriation Flights
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In the aftermath of the NATS nationwide ATC failure in the UK, The Independent reports that easyJet will operate repatriation flights, beginning tomorrow.

Courtesy of the newspaper, they report that easyJet will provide the following repatriation flights:

  • Palma – August 30.
  • Faro – August 30.
  • Tenerife – August 31.
  • Enfidha – August 31.
  • Rhodes – September 1.

easyJet Repatriation Flights The First of Many Due to the NATS ATC Failure?

NATS ATC Failure: easyJet To Operate Repatriation Flights
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On the NATS ATC Failure and repatriation flights, easyJet said the following on this to The Independent:

“Following the UK ATC systems issue on Monday, easyJet is now operating normally”.

“We have been providing customers with assistance and hotel accommodation and advising anyone who has needed to make their own hotel or alternative travel arrangements that they will be reimbursed.

“During this traditionally very busy week for travel, options for returning to the UK are more limited on some routes and so easyJet will be operating five repatriation flights to London Gatwick over the coming days from Palma and Faro on August 30, and Tenerife and Enfidha on Thursday August 31 and from Rhodes on Friday September 1.

“We are also operating larger aircraft on key routes including Faro, Ibiza, Dalaman and Tenerife to provide some additional 700 seats this week.

“Although this situation was outside of our control, we are sorry for the difficulty this has caused for our customers and remain focused on doing all possible to assist and repatriate them.”

“Customers will be moved onto repatriation flights and notified directly.”

At the time of writing (29/8/23 @ 2143 UK time), easyJet becomes the first carrier to offer these sorts of flights in the aftermath of this disruption that has forced significant flight cancellations and disruptions.

NATS have mentioned that the failure was down to a “flight data issue”, with the CEO Martin Rolfe apologising for the disruption:

“I would like to apologise again for our technical failure yesterday.”

“While we resolved the problem quickly, I am very conscious that the knock-on effects at such a busy time of year are still being felt by many people travelling in and out of the UK.”

“I would like to reassure everyone that since yesterday afternoon all of our systems have been running normally to support airline and airport operations as they recover from this incident.”

This is a developing story. More to follow in due course.

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