We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to our flights, but there will inevitably be a significant number of short-haul cancellations at some UK and European airports today.Customers are advised to check ba.com for latest flight information... Customers on cancelled flights will be able to claim a full refund or be rebooked on to alternative flights. Given that Heathrow is the world's busiest two-runway airport and Gatwick is the world's busiest single-runway airport, there will be problems for all airlines as a result of the ATC failures."
The Business and Energy Minister has hailed a UK airline after it was the first to take deliver of a superjumbo today.
The massive British Airways superjumbo flew into Heathrow airport. Michael Fallon said:
I was impressed by the British Airways A380 when I saw it for myself at the Paris Air show last month. I am proud that around 40% of this iconic aircraft is made in the UK by a range of aerospace manufacturers of all sizes - from our large global companies through to small enterprises.
With its Rolls-Royce Trent engines and state-of-the-art wings, the A380 slashes travel emissions while boosting efficiency.
Coupled with British Airways, a world-leading airline, the A380 really is a great example of the best of British in aviation.
The delivery of the new superjumbo jet opens a "new chapter in British Airways' history", the airline's chief executive Keith Williams said today, as the Airbus A380 is due to land in Heathrow.
Mr Williams said: "We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types.
"Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks."
"These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5 billion investment BA is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
"Both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction."