Tweet: Passengers on British Airways flights in New York, Seattle and Boston told their flights can not depart due to…
16 at JFK returned to the gate after reaching the track. Airborne flights seem unaffected.
Heathrow Airport confirmed that it was “a technical issue with the airport lane lighting system” and warned that flights could be canceled or delayed in the morning.
“We have activated our contingency plans and both routes are currently open and operational, although we anticipate there will be some delays at the airport throughout the morning,” said the airport in an email to CNBC.
“We work for to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,
“Fixed on a @ British Airways plane at @JFKairport,” tweeted another passenger, ShaanKhan.
British Airways did not respond immediately to CNBC’s request for comments.
Heathrow Airport apologized for passengers in a tweet and asked travelers to suffer from their flight status.
Tweet: We are currently investigating and working to solve a technical issue with the lighting system for the lanes. Check your flight status with your airlines before you travel to the airport: https://bit.ly/2zhmMco. We are sorry for the impact it will have on our passengers.
Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport with a daily average of 213,668 passengers in 2017. The number of passengers coming through Heathrow last year amounted to 78 million according to the airport.
The airport serves 81 airlines and 204 destinations in 85 countries. New York’s JFK Airport is one of the most popular destinations, says Heathrow’s website.