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Thousands of travellers were delayed at major airports across England on Saturday because of a technical problem at an air traffic control centre. Disruption was reported at most airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, after what National Air Traffic Services (NATS) said was a computer glitch at its control centre in Swanwick in Hampshire. NATS said the problem began when its night operating system failed properly to switch over to daytime mode. "We experienced a technical problem in the early hours of this morning, which means that it hasn't been possible to ... split out the sectors for the busier daytime traffic." NATS did not give any estimate of when normal service would be resumed.