British Airways passengers stranded after IT failures

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Anne Marie Bastable.

Holidaymakers travelling with British Airways are experiencing cancellations and delays after an IT glitch.

At slightest 81 flights have been cancelled during Heathrow Airport, with 10 cancelled during Gatwick Airport. More than 200 other flights have been delayed.

BA pronounced it is reverting to primer systems for check-in during airports.

It has apologised for a intrusion and pronounced business on short-haul services from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City can rebook another day.

“A series of flights continue to work though we are advising business to check ba.com for a latest moody information before entrance to a airport,” it said, adding that passengers should concede additional time.

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The airline pronounced a emanate was not a tellurian outage, though a problem with dual apart systems – one that deals with online check in, a other that deals with moody departures.

The issues are inspiring flights opposite a network though not during each airport, it added.

Travellers have been expressing their disappointment on amicable media.

One holidaymaker during Gatwick Airport tweeted that he was stranded on a belligerent since a “pilot can’t get data”.

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Another discontented patron during Manchester Airport pronounced he was meant to be on a BA1385 flight, though was told during a embankment that there was a “worldwide British Airways complement outage”.

Speaking to BBC News, Kieran Healey-Ryder, from Glasgow, pronounced he chose to disembark his 07:00 BST moody from Glasgow to London following a two-hour delay.

“We boarded during about 6.30am and flattering fast they pronounced there had been an IT outage opposite their network and they were incompetent to depart,” he said.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t demeanour like we’ll be creation it down to London today,” he added.

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Alex Brayson and his partner faced delays from Newcastle Airport on track to their marriage circuitously Lake Bled in Slovenia on Saturday.

Despite boarding their initial moody shortly before 06:00 BST, Mr Brayson pronounced they missed their joining moody to Venice, and their leading send was using 3 hours behind.

“We’ve got 25 of us drifting to a marriage so we are flourishing anxious,” he told BBC Newcastle.

“Me and my partner requisitioned a outing so we’ve had to organize all again.”

Sam Angeli is stranded in Cyprus with his mother and dual children after his moody home to London on Wednesday dusk was cancelled.

He has been forced to spend some-more than £850 on dual bedrooms during a hotel for a night.

Mr Angeli pronounced his knowledge of BA had been an “absolute shambles”.

“They’ve not emailed us, phoned us or messaged us about a delay,” he said.

“We’re only ostensible to know what to do. I’m unequivocally indignant with them.”


At a scene, Heathrow Terminal 5

By Leigh Milner, comparison reporter, BBC Look East

There are lots of families travelling with children who are really annoyed, with many stating that they can’t get in hold with BA.

We’ve had people handing out bottles of water, anything that can assistance with a prolonged wait. Passengers are being handed out leaflets about compensation.

They have been told to leave a airfield and possibly go home or find a circuitously hotel for that they will be reimbursed.

That’s all to try and get those queues down.


Holidaymakers and rush-hour commuters have also faced delays and cancellations due to 3 fires that pennyless out subsequent to railway marks circuitously Victoria Station.

Southern pronounced a fires had been put out and lines reopened though residual delays are approaching to final until about 14:30 BST.

This is not a initial time BA has gifted IT problems, as it suffered vital mechanism failures over a open bank holiday weekend in May 2017.

On that occasion, a airline cancelled 726 flights and tens of thousands of passengers were left stranded.

It has been a cryptic year for British Airways that is being threatened with strikes by pilots.

It is also set to be fined millions of pounds over a cyber conflict on a confidence systems in that a personal information of adult to 500,000 business was stolen.


What rights do influenced passengers have?

BA has a avocation of caring to passengers whose flights have been affected. Rights include:

  • If a moody is cancelled, a airline contingency get them on an choice moody to their destination. That competence be a re-routed flight, maybe including a stopover, or a subsequent accessible approach flight. They can put business on a moody with a opposite airline
  • Some passengers will select to take a reinstate instead, though a airline’s avocation of caring ends during that moment. That means someone who takes a reinstate and books their possess – some-more costly – choice moody is doubtful to have a disproportion reimbursed
  • If a moody is still approaching to depart, though late, afterwards passengers will primarily have to wait, though after a certain volume of time a airline should offer food, drink, and – if required – overnight accommodation. For delays of some-more than 5 hours, passengers get a same rights as they would if a moody was cancelled

In this box – when a intrusion appears to be a error of a airline – passengers might good be entitled to additional remuneration underneath EU rules. This requires passengers to make a explain to a airline, and a turn of payout depends on a form of moody and a length of delay.

More information for passengers is accessible on a BA website, and newcomer rights are explained in fact on a Civil Aviation Authority website.


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