Norway airspace partially closed over radar error

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Norway airspace partially closed over radar error
Flights at several airports in Western Norway were grounded on Tuesday morning. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Technical problems at Stavanger Airport Sola required the closure of airspace over parts of Western Norway on Tuesday morning.


“Due to technical problems, the airspace over Western Norway is closed. This will result in delays. Work is fully underway to correct the error,” Avinor, the company that runs Norway's 46 state-owned airports, said on Twitter.
Avinor stated that the affected airports are Bergen Airport Flesland, Stavanger Airport and airports in Haugesund, Førde, Florø, Sandane, Sogndal and Stord.
“We ask travelers to arrive [at the airports] as normal and follow along with information from their airline,” Avinor said.
Avinor official Jan-Gunnar Pedersen told Rogaland Avis that the technical problem stems from equipment at the Sola control centre.
The head of Stavanger Airport Sola said just before 12pm that the problem had been localized and should be resolved "relatively soon".
"We have discovered an instability with the radar at Stavanger's control centre. Our procedure when this happens is to close the airspace," Leif Anker Lorentzen told Stavanger Aftenblad.
By 1pm, the airspace had been partially reopened but officials could not see just when traffic would return to normal.
Helicopter traffic is affected by the closure, with the exception of emergency flights.


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