Heathrow disruption after runway lights fault

Hundreds of flights were delayed after a technical issue with the runway lights on Thursday 8 November

Travellers due to fly from Heathrow today are being urged to check their flight status after a technical issue temporarily closed the airport's two runways.

In an email to CNBC, the airport clarified: "Both arrivals and departures will be impacted this morning (hour of darkness when lights are required)".

Though the issues were sorted out by 6.05 a.m., passengers have been told to check the status of their flights before traveling. This included 11 flights delayed by more than 45 minutes.

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

"Investigations continue to find the root cause of this issue and we apologise for any impact that this may have had on passengers".

The problem left some London-bound passengers stranded at United States airports.

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Britain's largest airport said there was a problem with the lighting on the runways early on Wednesday morning.

Other passengers were less patient as they waited for updates from BA staff. "Pilot growing impatient as are passengers", Twitter user Shaan Khan wrote.

A statement from Heathrow reads: "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".

"Because Heathrow operates at almost 100 percent capacity, there is no space in the schedule to accommodate a number of delayed flights and as a result some services may need to be cancelled and passengers booked onto alternative flights".

A Heathrow spokesman said: 'Our engineering teams are investigating a technical issue with the lighting system for the airport's runways.

British Airways initially warned it was diverting some flights but it now says contingency plans have been activated and it expects to operate a full schedule - with some delays.

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