A problem with baggage systems is affecting airlines flying from Heathrow’s Terminal 3 and 5 this morning.
The airport warned that passengers might have to travel without their bags and so are being advised to pack essential items in their hand luggage.
“We are currently investigating the issue. We are sorry for the disruption and are working hard to get the system running as soon as possible,” said Heathrow in a statement.
The problems come just weeks after a bank holiday weekend of chaos at Heathrow Terminal 5 and London Gatwick after a systems failure by British Airways caused major cancellations and delays.
Four countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar as Gulf rift deepens.
Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country’s support for Islamist groups.
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the on going war in Yemen.
All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country. It wasn’t immediately clear how that would affect Qatar Airways, one of the region’s major long-haul carriers. The airline and Qatari government officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways said it would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.
Major rail disruption between Peterborough and Doncaster until 16:00
Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Sunderland / Bradford Interchange
Hull Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull
Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Leeds / York / Newcastle / Edinburgh / Aberdeen / Inverness
The overhead electric wires have been damaged near Retford on the line towards Doncaster. As a consequence, journeys between Peterborough and Doncaster are expected to be delayed by up to 120 minutes. Some trains may be able to divert between Newark North Gate and Doncaster, extending journey times.
We anticipate disruption will continue until 16:00.
To help with your journey, there is mutual ticket acceptance in place with Grand Central, Hull Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast.
Advice for Grand Central customers:
Customers may also use Virgin Trains services between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. As well as TransPennine Express and Northern services on reasonable routes from Manchester Piccadilly.
Advice for Hull Trains customers:
Customers may also use Northern services between Doncaster and Hull. Customers at Retford and Doncaster should speak to station staff for further advice.
Advice for Virgin Trains East Coast customers:
Alternative routes are available for customers.
Customers with tickets dated for today can travel tomorrow instead.
To help you with your journey, tickets will be accepted on the following services:
Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Doncaster / Northallerton
Virgin Trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central
East Midlands Trains between St Pancras and Sheffield
Hull Trains on all reasonable routes
TransPennine Express between Leeds and Sheffield
CrossCountry on all reasonable routes
Northern between Leeds and York and also between Doncaster and Sheffield
Road transport which has been requested to run between Retford and Doncaster
If you have any questions please contact your dedicated Review Travel consultants.
UK Announces Cabin Restriction on Large Electronic Devices
Under the new arrangements, phones, laptops and tablets larger than:
will not be allowed in the cabin on selected flights to the UK from the countries affected. Most smart phones fall within these limits and will continue to be allowed on board. However, devices larger than these dimensions may not be carried in the cabin. This is in addition to other existing security arrangements. This will apply to inbound flights to the UK from the following locations:
For further information passengers are advised to contact their dedicated business travel consultants or check online with the respective airline.
Wizz Air to open UK base at Luton
Wizz Air is to open its first UK base this summer, at Luton Airport.
Luton will become the airline’s 28th base on June 28 and Wizz Air will operate one new Airbus A320 aircraft from the airport.
Luton has operated Wizz Air flights for over 12 years. The airline is Luton’s second largest carrier and said it remains commited to the UK, despite the Brexit vote.
Coinciding with the new base, three new WIZZ services will commence in June, to Tel Aviv; Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia – the only direct connection between Georgia and the UK. These additional services take the number of routes from the airport to 42.
BA launches Milan service from two London airports
British Airways is launching new year-round services to Milan, Italy from two London airports in April.
The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on April 24 and from Stansted Airport on April 29.
There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.
Update – Residual delays expected at Schiphol Airport after air traffic control issue resolved
EuroControl is reporting that a technical issue affecting Schiphol Airport’s air traffic control system has been resolved, however moderate to high delays are expected.
The problem began earlier on 1 February when a glitch with air traffic control’s radar correlation system resulted in flight delays and diversions.
Passengers are advised to contact individual carriers in advance to confirm flight times.
Air traffic control glitch disrupting flights at Schiphol Airport
A technical problem at the national air traffic control in the Netherlands is causing delays and flight diversions at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, an official said on Wednesday.
“We are not sure yet what the cause is or how long it will take to fix it,” said spokesman Paul Weber
BA announces new routes from Manchester and Stansted
British Airways is to launch seven new routes from Manchester this summer and three new destinations from Stansted.
From May, it will begin summer-only direct flights from Manchester to the Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, the Greek island of Mykonos, Nice in the South of France and a weekly service to London City Airport.
In addition it will launch flights from Stansted to Florence, Geneva and Nice and there will be increased frequency on existing routes to Ibiza and Palma. Flights to Malaga and Faro will also resume for the summer.
All flights will operate on Embraer 190 jet aircraft. Flights from Manchester will operate once a week at weekends, with the exception of the Ibiza route which will operate three times a week, and will provide more than 35,000 extra seats from the northwest.
Gatwick terminal switch starts tomorrow
The first phase of a major terminal switch at London Gatwick starts tomorrow (Tuesday).
EasyJet, which currently operates out of both terminals, will consolidate its entire operation in the North Terminal.
From Wednesday, British Airways will move to the South Terminal and Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal.
The shake-up, the airport’s biggest project to date, took two years to plan.
All three airlines will operate a reduced flying programme designed to simplify the upheaval.
Gatwick said the changes will improve passenger experience with state-of-the-art technology at check-in, security and immigration as well as new bag-drop zones. It will also bring new British Airways and Virgin Atlantic lounges.
British Airways will cancel some short-haul flights during 72-hour strike this week; long-haul services will continue
British Airways (BA) will cancel short-haul flights amid a three-day walkout by cabin crew this week.
The airline said long-haul services to and from Heathrow will still operate during the strike but 1 per cent of its short-haul flights won’t be running.
Members of the Unite union will take industrial action from Thursday in a long-running dispute over pay.
BA said in a statement: “We have further strengthened our schedule for January 19-21, the days for which mixed fleet Unite called strike action, and will fly all customers to their destinations.”
Foreign Office Advice for travel to Thailand
Local law & customs section – you can’t bring vaporisers eg, e-cigarettes and e-baraku (shisha), and refills into Thailand; these items are likely to be confiscated, and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted