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Radar issue delays flights at nation's airports

Uppdaterat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 13.36
Publicerat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 12.36
Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT.
Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT.

A radar issue has grounded flights at Stockholm's Arlanda and Bromma airports as well as Gothenburg's Landvetter airport, according to Swedish airport operator Swedavia, triggering delays and disruptions around the country.

Swedavia said Thursday afternoon that all of its airports have "reduced capacity due to technical problems with the LFV radar facility." It warned that passengers can expect delays.

LFV provides air traffic control and services to Swedavia's 10 airports throughout Sweden. LFV posted a brief press release on its website, saying it was experiencing "communication problems affecting air traffic largely in central and northern Sweden."

Swedish Radio reports that some planes are still landing at Arlanda but that other flights must be redirected to different airports.

It is unclear how long flights will be delayed. Swedavia said travelers should visit their website for the latest information or contact their airline company or travel agency directly.

Speaking with news agency TT, LFV spokesman Per Fröberg said it was still unclear how many airports beside Arlanda, Bromma and Landvetter were affected. He added the problems do not pose any security risks to flights.

"Traffic safety-wise, there is no danger. What's embarrassing and deeply unfortunate is how this will affect the passengers," he said.

Sweden experienced a similar problem back in November 2015 when a solar storm knocked out flight control radar and grounded all flights. The radar system was brought back online after about 90 minutes.

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