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Irish airspace reopens but knock on delays may carry on into tomorrow

Dublin Airport is not affected, but Shannon and Cork are.

Updated Oct 2nd 2018, 10:39 PM

AIR TRAFFIC WAS suspended over many parts of Ireland this evening, after a “systems failure” with a radar at Shannon Airport.

Irish airspace reopened around 10.30pm this evening, after a back-up system was deployed to allow take off and landings to resume at Cork and Shannon airports.

Delays are expected to continue into tomorrow due to the knock-on effects of tonight’s failure.

The issue had been affecting airports such as Shannon, Knock and Cork but Dublin Airport is unaffected.

Cork Airport and Shannon said earlier that all flights coming into the airspace of the west and south of Ireland were impacted, with long delays faced by some.

After the suspension was lifted, many flights began to arrive at Shannon and Cork. 

TheJournal.ie understands that there was a “zero flow rate” was designated across Irish airspace following the failure earlier this evening. 

In a post on Twitter, Shannon Airport said: “Air Traffic Control at Ballcasey, Shannon are experiencing issues with their flight radar. Work underway to rectify the situation. Arrivals and Departures at SNN have been suspended until the radar is fully operational.”

Passengers using these airports in the morning are being urged to check with their airline, as crews out of position tonight may impact flights tomorrow.

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