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Friday, August 12, 2005

BA Heathrow chaos affects 70,000
Passengers waiting at Heathrow, pic by Tim Ockenden
BA have cancelled about 500 flights
About 70,000 people are braced for another day of chaos at Heathrow after British Airways cancelled all flights until Friday evening.[

The move was prompted after an unofficial strike by ground staff in support of sacked catering workers.

More than 100 flights were grounded on Thursday leaving 15,000 passengers stranded - 1,000 of whom spent the night sleeping in the airport.

Inbound flights were diverted to other airports as far away as Newcastle.

Qantas, Sri Lankan, Finnair, GB and British Mediterranean, also serviced by BA ground staff, are affected by the strike which is taking place during the peak holiday season.

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