Warning for Heathrow passengers after runway lights problem

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 9, 2018

Flights to Heathrow Airport were delayed by up to three hours today after a "technical issue" affected lighting on the runways.

The lighting issue left some London-bound passengers stranded on the tarmac in the U.S., although British Airways made their waits easier with snacks and drinks.

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

Passenger Davey Hunt posted: 'On the ground in Atlanta due to Heathrow light failure. "Pilot growing impatient as are passengers", Twitter user Shaan Khan wrote.

Flights have since been landing at the airport this morning.

Heathrow said the problem had been resolved by 6.05am, but that customers should still check their flight status with their airline before travelling.

British Airways is advising that passengers flying long-haul to destinations such as Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Abu Dhabi and Mexico City could face delays of an hour or more.

Heathrow operates at almost 100% capacity, which means there is no space in the schedule to accommodate a number of delayed flights and so some services may need to be cancelled.

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

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

"Contingency plans were quickly activated to keep the airfield open, and we plan to operate a full schedule today". But travellers should check, as delays are expected throughout the morning.

" 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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