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After Technical Chaos, British Airways Looks to Restore Schedule


LONDON — British Airways was still grappling on Monday with the impact of a major technical failure over the weekend, which has led to hundreds of flights being canceled and affected around 75,000 passengers.

The airline said on Monday that it was running most flights as normal, but the disruption has resulted in tense scenes at London’s two biggest airports in particular. British Airways’s sister carriers, like Iberia in Spain, have also been hit with cancellations.

Alex Cruz, the chief executive of British Airways, apologized to customers and promised that a majority of passengers affected by the failure would reach their destinations by Monday. But that is unlikely to placate many passengers, as Monday is the end of a long holiday weekend.
What Happened?

A global computer failure that began on Saturday morning led to the canceling of all British Airways flights from its hubs at Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London.

Mr. Cruz said the failure was caused by a “power surge” at a data center.

Efforts to address customers’ frustrations have been hampered, however, by the domino effect of Saturday’s cancellations. More passengers than normal are waiting to travel, meaning those who were booked to fly on subsequent days have also been subjected to delays.

“It’s more than just simply saying we know you’ve got a booking and therefore we’re going to issue you with a boarding pass,” said Andrew Charlton, managing director of the Aviation Advocacy consulting firm and a former chief legal officer at Qantas, the Australian airline.

And while British Airways said it was close to fixing its computer problems, many of its aircraft and crew were still in the wrong place throughout its extensive global network. Restoring that fine-tuned system after hundreds of flights were grounded is a lengthy task, which may require up to two weeks to complete, Mr. Charlton said.
The Situation on Monday

British Airways said it would operate a full schedule on Monday at Gatwick, and would run its full long-haul schedule from Heathrow. A “high proportion” of its short-haul flights would operate, it said.

The airline said it did not disclose individual statistics. But data compiled by the tracking website FlightAware showed two dozen British Airways and over a hundred Iberia services were canceled worldwide on Monday. In all, FlightAware has tracked 580 British Airways flights that have been canceled since Saturday.

Heathrow, which had chaotic scenes over the weekend as stranded passengers waited to depart, continued to be congested, British Airways said. Passengers were asked to go to the airport, the airline’s largest hub, only if their departure was confirmed.

The airline also continued to provide assistance to customers, responding to hundreds of passengers on Twitter as well as over the phone and via its website.

It was also working on delivering missing baggage to passengers who arrived in London over the weekend, it said.



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