British Airways cancels 91 flights after 'worldwide computer failure'

British Airways cancels 91 flights after 'worldwide computer failure'

United Kingdom flag carrier British Airways has today cancelled all flights from London Heathrow Airport that are due to depart before 1200 UTC and beyond, along with a number of flights from London Gatwick Airport after a systems failure. It canceled 117 flights due to operate to or from Heathrow and 10 Gatwick flights, stranding about 20,000 passengers.

British Airways passengers travelling from London for their holidays have been hit by cancellations and delays after a systems failure.

Almost 100 flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick have been canceled, and 200 have been delayed, according to ITV. The problem was not a global problem, British Airways said.


A Heathrow spokesperson said BA was experiencing "a technical issue with its systems" impacting check-in and departures there.

Travel disruption due to the issue is being felt at airports across the United Kingdom, with scores of flights to and from London airports also being cancelled.

Stuart Jackson, a photography business manager, said he was stuck on a grounded plane at Heathrow and had missed his connecting flight, disrupting months of planning and wasting thousands of pounds.


The airline was using back-up and manual systems to try and cope with the failure.

Jamie Boswell said his flight was canceled while he was attempting to check in. As well as check-in, some systems allowing aircraft to depart were affected.

London's Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports were affected by the glitch on Wednesday morning. "We are working as quickly as possible". "Our flights are returning to normal, however there may be some knock-on operational disruption as a result of the issue earlier". In a ballot of the pilots' union Balpa, 93% of the airline's 4,000 pilots voted in favour of taking industrial action after rejecting a three-year pay deal.


Problems have also been reported at Stansted Airport. Although the strike was called off on August 5, 2019, a walkout on August 23 and 24 is still scheduled to go ahead, the BBC reports.

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