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Thousands face delays as BA flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

Thousands face delays as BA flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

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Thousands of passengers face delays as British Airways experiences disruption to flights caused by a "technical issue".The airline said overnight that a small number of planes were affected by the glitch - the latest in a series of PR headaches for the carrier caused by apparent computer system woes and, latterly, damaging strikes by pilots. It later confirmed: "Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights, and we have rebooked customers onto alternative flights and offered hotel accommodation where they have been unable to continue their journeys last night."We are very sorry for the disruption to their travel plans."By mid-morning BA confirmed it planned to operate a full flight schedule on Thursday but admitted: "There may be some knock-...
German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

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Nov. 7 (UPI) -- German airline Lufthansa grounded 1,300 flights on Thursday as thousands of flight attendants launched a strike. The strike over pay, pensions and working conditions is expected to last through Friday evening and affects about 180,000 passengers, NPR reported. The flight attendants' union, UFO, agreed to preliminary talks over the weekend but was not expected to end the strike early. UFO issued a statement accusing the airline of not working with them earlier to avoid the need for a strike. "Instead of averting the strike, plans were changed on a massive scale and additional standby services were acquired for the day of the strike," the union said. Lufthansa condemned the strike in a statement before it took effect and offered affected customers the opportunity to rebook ...
Elon Musk upbeat on Starship test flights

Elon Musk upbeat on Starship test flights

Science
The American entrepreneur Elon Musk has given a further update on his Starship and Super Heavy rocket system.He plans to use the new vehicles to send people to the Moon and Mars, and also to move them swiftly around the Earth.The SpaceX CEO is in the process of building prototypes and plans to start flying them in the coming months.The Mk1 version of his Starship would begin high-altitude tests in the next one to two months, he said."This is the most inspiring thing I've ever seen," the entrepreneur told an audience gathered at the company's Boca Chica, Texas, facility where the prototype has been assembled."So this thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000ft, about 20km, and come back and land....
Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Hong Kong Airport Authority has canceled all flights on Monday as the island's airport has been engulfed with thousands of anti-government protesters. The authority made the announcement at about 5 p.m., stating that airport operations have been "seriously disrupted." "All flights have been canceled," it said in the statement. "All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible." The announcement was the third of the day after stating 50 minutes earlier that only departures were canceled and before noon that only those with airline tickets would be allowed in the departure hall of Terminal 1 for the next 24 hours. "All check-in service for departure flights has been suspended," the airport authority said. "Other than the departure flights...
Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Business
Heathrow Airport will cancel 172 flights on Monday and Tuesday after thousands of workers overwhelmingly rejected a revised pay offer.Unite said 88% of its 4,000 union members - who include security guards, firefighters and engineers - voted to refuse the deal, meaning the parties will head to last-ditch pay dispute talks in an effort to avert a strike. A two-day strike is set to start on Monday with further industrial action planned for 48 hours from 23 August.Unite warned the airport against paying millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights instead of using the money to settle the dispute.Unite regional officer Wayne King said: "Heathrow faces a compensation bill in the region of £4.6m from airlines if the planned strikes go ahead.