(CNN) — Dozens of trans-Atlantic flights from the United Kingdom have been delayed after a glitch in an air traffic control system in Scotland, officials said Saturday.
Engineers found a malfunction Saturday morning in the air traffic system that controls the airspace across the Atlantic Ocean from Scotland, a statement from the National Air Traffic Services said.
The agency said it has reverted to back up equipment as engineers work to fix the air traffic system. The agency said the problem has not created a safety issue but could cause delays in flights that could last hours.
“This will make for a messy day and could affect things into the night,” said CNN’s Richard Quest. “This computer break down will badly affect trans-Atlantic air travel. All flights that go through the UK airspace will be affected.”