Thousands of holidaymakers were left stranded after dozens of flights have been cancelled and hundreds extra delayed as British Airways suffered a big IT meltdown.
British Airways has cancelled 81 flights because of function to or from Heathrow whilst 10 Gatwick flights have been cancelled.
More than 200 different flights have been delayed, with some greater than 5 hours at the back of time table.
It mentioned the problem was once brought about through issues of two separate methods – one coping with on-line examine in, the opposite with flight departures.
BA mentioned it would no longer ascertain what number of people have been affected however mentioned it was once providing shoppers the chance to rebook to some other day.
The airline’s site presentations nearly all flights from Heathrow between 6am and 9am have been delayed or departed overdue.
Around part of flights scheduled to leave between 9am and 12pm were cancelled.
Images posted on social media confirmed lengthy queues of holidaymakers on Wednesday morning in addition to error messages with the BA app.
One passenger warned fellow travellers to “set off early”, tweeting: “Major computer failure with British Airways at Gatwick this morning. This is the queue for the queue at check in. Currently stuck on ground cos pilot can’t get data. Set off early if you have a flight.”
“Chaos at Heathrow,” wrote some other. “Huge queues. 6 empty provider desks unmanned through BA.
Another Twitter consumer claimed they’d been caught on their airplane for 2 hours: “Apparently mass disruption at @British_Airways , laptop outage and all flights grounded or so have been instructed at the BA1321, sat in this airplane for two hours.”
One posted: “IT meltdown (once more). Sat on tarmac at LHW, already overlooked my connection screwing up months of making plans and wasted £’000s.
“When I do arrive, I will have to just fly home again. BA is a complete catastrophe & I will never fly with them again.”
A bunch of passengers have additionally complained of lacking connecting flights because of the problems.
Another mentioned he was once meant to be en course to his personal marriage ceremony however was once nonetheless caught at the tarmac.
A BA spokesman mentioned: “We are experiencing some methods issues this morning that are affecting check-in and flight departures.
“Please examine ba.com and organize my reserving for the newest flight data, and permit additional time on the airport.”
The issues are affecting flights throughout its community however no longer at each and every airport, it added.
The airline is these days the use of back-up and handbook methods to take a look at to deal with the problems.
It later added: “We are operating as temporarily as conceivable to get to the bottom of a methods factor which has resulted in some short-haul cancellations and delays from London airports.
“A bunch of flights proceed to function however we’re advising shoppers to test ba.com for the newest flight data earlier than coming to the airport.
“We are providing shoppers booked on short-haul services and products departing from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City these days, the chance to rebook to some other day.
“We are encouraging customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information, and to allow additional time at the airport.”
It comes as holidaymakers and commuters face separate shipping “nightmares” with line-side fires inflicting main disruption to Southern and Gatwick Express trains.
BBC presenter Tim Willcox mentioned he was once stranded at the 5.30am Gatwick Express for 20 mins outdoor Victoria, placed on some other educate which was once additionally cancelled, and due to this fact overlooked his 7.25am flight.
“Most flights are now either fully booked or have shot up in price or involve stopovers,” he mentioned.