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British Airways computer problem strands 20,000

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 9:48 AM
This January 10, 2017 file photo, British Airways planes are parked at Heathrow Airport in London. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

LONDON (AP) — British Airways cancelled more than 100 flights to and from London airports on Wednesday after its check-in systems were hit by computer problems.

The airline said a “systems issue” was causing delays and cancellations for short-haul flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports.

British Airways said it was relying on backup and manual systems.

It cancelled 117 flights due to operate to or from Heathrow and 10 Gatwick flights, stranding about 20,000 passengers.

More than 300 other flights were delayed.

“A number of flights continue to operate but we are advising customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information before coming to the airport,” the airline said in a statement.

BA said short-haul passengers due to travel Wednesday could re-book for another day.

At Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, passengers waited in snaking lines for information.

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