January 22, 2009 / 11:51 AM / 9 years ago

Technical glitch at Frankfurt airport hits flights

FRANKFURT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A technical malfunction shut Frankfurt international airport for nearly an hour on Thursday, causing the cancellation of 75 flights as well as the re-routing of 25 inbound flights to other airports, authorities said.

The airport, one of Europe’s busiest with about 500,000 traffic movements per year, was out of service from 6:35 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. because weather data transmissions to the control tower broke down, a spokesman for air traffic control said.

The airport was shrouded by fog and the control tower had no access to weather data, forcing the cancellation of all flights.

    Airport operator Fraport (FRAG.DE) said 38 departing flights and 37 flights scheduled to arrive were cancelled while 25 mostly long distance flights en route toward Frankfurt were re-directed to Cologne airport, about 200 km (120 miles) away.

    Fraport said that even hours after the airport was re-opened to flights, the early morning shutdown had caused delays of up to an hour through midday on Thursday. (Reporting by Angelika Gruber; writing by Erik Kirschbaum, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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