Travelers to Spain, Portugal and Italy this summer could face delays due to the installation of a new air traffic control system in France.
Holidays can get hectic with unexpected waits, queues and cancellations, but on the bright side flyers were alerted before this inconvenience.
Aviation experts warn that this will impact flights from the UK to Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Dirk Mahns of German air navigation service provider DFS issued the warning, saying delays would likely be unavoidable.
Passengers have been warned to expect ‘annoying’ delays as much air traffic is headed to Germany for several months, Wales online reported.
The new system means airlines will have to use alternative routes due to strict security protocols during the system’s introduction.
Mahns said: “Our goal is to keep these delays to a minimum. We are in close contact with our European partners in this endeavor.
“No country can handle the current traffic situation alone; it can only be done together.”
Analysts agree holiday flights could be affected, but said there was no safety risk.
Aviation specialist John Strickland, director of JLS Consulting, said: “There could be inconvenient delays, half an hour or so, but the delays appear to be a likely impact of traffic being routed out of French airspace. to German or Polish airspace.
“This will affect flights from the UK to places like Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, parts of Italy etc.
“That’s where there could be delays. But there’s no security risk.”
The new air traffic control system is being installed in Reims, northern France.
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