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This picture taken on September 17, 2021, shows an Airbus A 350 which has been transformed into a mobile hospital, during a medical evacuation of covid patients in intensive care from Papeete Tahiti-Faa'a airport in French Polynesia to Paris. - Eight patients were transferred by medical teams onto an Airbus A350 belonging to Air Caraïbe, the operation will free up places in the intensive care unit of the French Polynesia Hospital (CHPF). (Photo by Suliane FAVENNEC / AFP)


Technical glitch briefly halts Paris airport departures

ParisFrance, Sept 30 – Paris airport departures were briefly suspended Thursday over a technical fault, the French Civil Aviation Authority said.

All flights were grounded for “less than 30 minutes” at the Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airports in the morning prior to a “progressive resumption” before midday, the authority said.

The authority blamed the delay on a fault in the system managing flight plans which emerged in the flight control centre at Athis Mons adjacent to Orly airport south of Paris.

The problem did not affect arrivals, a spokesman for the authority told AFP.

Take-offs were affected at “all Paris airports” while the problem was fixed, the spokesman said.

The map of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol, showed delays exceeding 45 minutes across swathes of central northern France following the glitch.

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