Heathrow airport hit by delays after runway lights fail

Mae Love
November 9, 2018

Passengers at Heathrow Airport have been warned a "technical issue" affecting lighting on the runways could impact their journeys.

The problem left some London-bound passengers stranded at United States airports, with those travelling from Las Vegas, Miami and NY among those affected.

Airline passengers in the United States and other worldwide airports around the world took to social media to complain of being unable to take off due to delays in the UK. "Pilot growing impatient as are passengers", Twitter user Shaan Khan wrote.

Heathrow says it expects to run a full schedule but is asking customers to consult their airlines before travelling. This included 11 flights delayed by more than 45 minutes. The bar is open and I'm not working tomorrow so not that fussed'.

Almost one in seven flights due to land at Heathrow between 6am and 8.59am were delayed, affecting 16 flights, according to aviation data firm FlightStats.

An airport spokesperson said a technical issue was being investigated and disruption was anticipated throughout the morning.

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This caused delays and cancellations to services operating between the airport and London Paddington for around two hours on Wednesday morning.

One said: "Stuck on a British Airways plane on runway at JFK airport because Heathrow in complete shut down".

Heathrow is the UK's largest airport in terms of capacity, with an estimated 80 million passengers passing through the airport each year.

'Contingency plans were quickly activated and we plan to operate our full schedule today, albeit with some delays.

" Whilst we're continuing to monitor the situation, please check your flight status with your airlines before travelling: https://bit.ly/2zhmMco".

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