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NATS air traffic controllers are working with airlines toclear the backlog of flights following runway closures at Heathrow today.
Controllers at Heathrow airport, as well as airports in the South East, are working out which flights are most important to help contain the situation.
Both runways were closed at Heathrow this morningafter a BA flight to Oslo had engine problems and returned to the airport.
Click video. We have footage of the mid-air emergency, taken from inside the aircraft and on the ground.
Heathrow's chief operating officer Normand Boivin praised BA pilots for their quick, professional response to this morning's emergency landing.
Heathrow's chief operating officer Normand Boivin said there will be a number of flight cancellations throughout the rest of today, following earlier's emergency landing on a British Airways (BA) flight.
BA had been expecting today to be the busiest of the bank holiday period with 128,000 passengers due to travel. The airline had planned to carry more than 430,000 customers over the next few days, with 116,000 due to return on bank holiday Monday.
Heathrow Airport have said that 193 flights have been cancelled following the emergency landing by a BA flight earlier today. They advised all passengers due to travel from the airport today to check the status of their flights with their airline.
- 193 flights have been cancelled
- Delays remain on some flights
- Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights with their airline
British Airways said they are not planning further cancellations. A spokesperson said:
Manston Airport in Kent assisted with diverted aeroplanes after an emergency landing at Heathrow which closed all runways at the London airport for a period of time.
The airfield in Thanet hosted two diverted British Airways A320 aircrafts.
Manston Airport staff said the first diverted plane was one which had been heading from Helsinki in Finland to Heathrow; while the second was a flight from Budapest in Hungary.
The Chief Executive of Manston Airport, Charles Buchanan thanked his staff for their contributions to the operation:
“I’d just like to thank all the team at Manston who handled these two flights, as well as the passengers arriving and departing on the scheduled KLM service to and from Schiphol, Amsterdam this morning.”
Officials at Manston said that both flights would return to Heathrow after permission is granted by London Air Traffic Control.
The airline which owns the aeroplane that was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport this morning has issued a statement. British Airway said that a full investigation into what happened is underway.
This amateur footage claims to show the British Airways flights being sprayed with a flame retardant after its emergency landing.
ITV News cannot independently confirm its veracity. There is no sound.
Managers at Heathrow Airport say the site is now fully operational, and is returning to normal after the emergency landing of a British Airways aeroplane this morning.