British Airways cancels 34 more flights at Terminal 5

 

British Airways said it had cancelled an additional 34 flights at London Heathrow airport's new Terminal 5 Monday because of the knock-on effects of snowy weather over the weekend.


On Sunday, BA pulled 138 flights due to have flown in and out of London Heathrow because of heavy snowfall and persistent problems with the baggage system at the air hub's new multi-billion-pound terminal.

A spokesman for BA, which has exclusive use of T5, said that Monday's cancellations were due to the lingering effects of recent freezing weather.

"This is not caused by the baggage system, this is simply because of the weather yesterday," the spokesman said.

"There were a number of aircraft that were out of position which means that had a knock-on effect with the schedule today."

Monday's cancellations accounted for ten percent of the scheduled flights at T5, he added.


A spokeswoman for BAA, which operates Heathrow airport, confirmed there were no further problems with T5's baggage system on Monday.

Terminal 5 opened March 27 to much fanfare but has been plagued by severe logistical problems which have centred around the baggage handling system.

The facility at Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, cost about $8.7 billion to build. (AFP)
 
 
 
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