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British Airways passengers at Gatwick offered alternative day flights as IT gremlins strike

Passengers travelling from Gatwick are being asked to check the British Airways website before setting off for the airport.

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Queues at Gatwick as IT problem causes delays. Credit: Twitter, Charlie C @devils_refugee

A ‘systems issue’ has resulted in some short-haul flights with British Airways to be delayed or even cancelled this morning.

Reports from passengers began to emerge this morning as queues began to form at Gatwick, Heathrow and London City Airports.

British Airways say that they are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible but that they are operating with back-up manual systems to keep their flights operating.

They are also offering customers who are booked on short-haul flights departing from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City today the opportunity to rebook for another day.

A spokesperson for British Airways said:

“We are working as quickly as possible to resolve a systems issue which has resulted in some short-haul cancellations and delays from London airports. 

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.

We are offering customers booked on short-haul services departing from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City today, the opportunity to rebook to another day.

We are encouraging customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information, and to allow additional time at the airport. “

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EasyJet launch face masks for children flying this summer as airline prepare to restart flights from Gatwick

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New comic book style ‘Lion’ and ‘Pilot’ face mask covers will be made available for free to children flying with easyJet this Summer

A limited edition run of the mask covers will be available on selected routes over the summer

Initiative follows an announcement by easyJet that a small number of flights will restart from 15 June with more to be restored by July

The airline is introducing a range of new measures to help ensure safety and wellbeing including the requirement for customers and crew to wear masks and enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection. 

 Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, has teamed up with easyJet to launch a new range of new comic book inspired face mask covers for young flyers.

The campaign follows an announcement by Europe’s leading airline that a small number of  flights will restart from 15 June with new health and safety measures in place including for all passengers, including children over six, to wear their own protective face masks whilst onboard at all times. The new comic book face mask covers have been designed to help ease the experience for both kids and parents.

Two character themed ‘Lion’ and ‘Pilot’ masks will be made available for free to children flying with easyJet from airports across Europe this summer.

The face mask covers don’t replace the need for a mask to be worn but have been designed as a covering to be worn over the top of a younger traveller’s own face mask. They can be taken home to keep and are washable for re-use.

Thousands of face mask covers are being produced as part of a limited edition run and will be available on selected routes across Europe.

Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s Director of Flight Operations commented:

“We have teamed up with a comic illustrator to create some bespoke children face masks covers as we know the airport environment could feel different and possibly daunting for younger travellers when flying initially resumes. So we hope these face mask covers help children enjoy flying with us over the summer and this makes things a little easier for parents too.”

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why, as well as requiring customers and crew to wear masks, we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from aircraft disinfection to initially serving no food onboard. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

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