Passengers face disruption in Heathrow runway lights fault

Passengers complained of being stuck on flights waiting to depart — bothm Heathrow and other airports — after a problem with the runway lights

Air travellers have been warned that a "technical issue" affecting lighting at Heathrow could affect their journeys.

"We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but at this stage we anticipate that there will be some disruption at the airport throughout this morning", the statement read.

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

On the ground in Atlanta due to Heathrow light failure.

Twitter user Shaan Khan wrote: "We are on BA116 and ground staff at JFK Airport not opening the door so we can talk to someone". Pilot growing impatient as are passengers'.

"We recommend that all customers travelling with us today check ba.com before they leave home, after a Heathrow Airport lighting fault this morning caused a delay to flights from all airlines", Heathrow told CNBC via email.

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"We have activated our contingency plans and both runways are now open and operational, although we anticipate there will be some delays at the airport throughout this morning", the airport said in an email to CNBC.

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. This included 11 flights delayed by more than 45 minutes.

It said: "Following earlier runway lighting issues both runways are now open and operational".

A spokesman for British Airways said: 'There was an issue with Heathrow Airport's airfield lighting during the night.

Passengers also faced difficulty travelling between Heathrow and central London by train due to a problem with a section of track in Ealing.

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