Students who paid extra to fly to the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity ski trip in Tignes have been left stranded in British airports.
The disruption came after problems with the internal communications system at the Swanwick air traffic control centre in Hampshire.
Students who travelled to the French ski resort by bus arrived several hours ago.
One student on the trip, Rory Lodwell, emailed the BBC to say he was stuck in Britain. “In Gatwick North Terminal, awaiting info about flight to Geneva. Let’s hope the snow doesn’t melt and the beers don’t get seen off before I get to The Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Ski Trip 2013!!”
NATS, which operates air traffic control centres, said that the problem has been resolved. Delays are expected to continue while a flight backlog is cleared.
The tradition of an annual Varsity trip began in 1922. This year’s trip ends on 14th December.