Flights resume after ‘technical problems’

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Norwegian airports agency Avinor reported that limited numbers of flights could start landing and taking off again from West Coast airports, after the airspace over much of Western Norway (Vestlandet) was closed Tuesday morning because of “technical problems” at Stavanger’s airport.

Jan Gunnar Pedersen of Avinor told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that instability in the system used by air traffic controllers forced the closure, which grounded all flights from Bergen, Stavanger, Haugesund, Forde, Florø, Sandane, Sogndal, Ørsta/Volda and Stord. That’s because the airspace for all those airports is controlled from Stavanger.

The problem was localized just before noon and Pedersen said traffic was resuming, if on a limited basis. Airlines were warned that delays could continue through the day. Passengers were told to meet up for scheduled flights, but be prepared for rebookings.

Helicopter service was also disrupted. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was citing a “radar problem” that was behind its delays at Bergen, Stavanger and Haugesund. staff