A Bad Week for UK Travellers

It’s been a terrible few days for UK travellers, with storms causing massive transport disruption on Thursday 5 December 2013 and flight delays caused by a problem with UK air traffic control on Saturday 7 December 2013.

We were delayed for more than two hours on our outbound Ryanair flight from Edinburgh to Gran Canaria on Saturday 7 December. The flight was due to depart at 11.30 and finally took off around 13.40. We actually boarded the plane around 12.50, but had to sit for the best part of one hour before the flight was cleared for take-off.

ryanair plane tail

According to the BBC news website on Saturday morning, there was no indication of what was causing the problems with UK air traffic control and when things would return to normal.

Now I’d have thought that UK air traffic control would have a top notch back up system that could be activated once problems started. Maybe it’s too expensive to have this?

Have your UK travel plans been affected by weather and air traffic control issues this week?

Update 11 December 2013 – The travel misery continues with fog in London leading to flight cancellations and delays