Heathrow Disruption: British Airways Cancels Flights Amid Technical Issues
(MENAFN) Heathrow Airport experienced a second consecutive day of travel disruptions as British Airways (BA) was forced to cancel numerous short-haul flights due to ongoing IT problems. BA cited the "knock-on effect of a technical issue" as the cause for the cancellations, which resulted in staff being incorrectly positioned.
In total, 175 flights have been axed, causing disruption for over 20,000 passengers. This setback occurred on the busiest day for air travel in the UK since 2019. According to Cirium, a data firm specializing in aviation, approximately 8% of BA's planned Friday services, equivalent to 83 flights, had to be canceled. This followed the cancellation of 92 flights the previous day out of the scheduled 860.
The majority of the affected flights are European and domestic routes, although delays have also been experienced on other services. In addition, some passengers have encountered difficulties checking in online, compounding the travel challenges faced by those relying on BA for their journeys.
The prolonged IT issues and subsequent flight cancellations highlight the critical role of technology in ensuring the smooth operation of airlines and the impact that disruptions can have on both airlines and travelers. Efforts are underway to address the situation and mitigate further inconveniences for affected passengers.
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