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Saturday, 27 May 2017

British Airways: Thousands disrupted as flights axed amid IT crash


Serious problems with British Airways' IT systems have led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted, after all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled.

Passengers described "chaotic" scenes at the airports, with some criticising BA for a lack of information. The airline has apologised, and told passengers not to come to the airport. BA chief executive Alex Cruz said: "We believe the root cause was a power supply issue."

In a video statement released via Twitter, he added: "I am really sorry we don't have better news as yet, but I can assure you our teams are working as hard as they can to resolve these issues." Mr Cruz said there was no evidence the computer problems were the result of a cyber attack.

BA flight disruption as it happened BA passengers 'trying not to cry' The airline hoped to be able to operate some long haul inbound flights on Saturday, landing in London on Sunday, Mr Cruz added. The GMB union has suggested the failure could have been avoided, had the airline not outsourced its IT work. BA denied the claim, saying: "We would never compromise the integrity and security of our IT systems".  All passengers affected by the failure - which coincides with the first weekend of the half-term holiday for many in the UK - will be offered the option of rescheduling or a refund. The airline, which had previously said flights would be cancelled until 18:00 BST, has now cancelled all flights for Saturday and asked passengers not to come to Gatwick or Heathrow airports.


Other airlines flying in and out of the two airports are unaffected. Architect and TV presenter George Clarke was stuck in Heathrow. He told the BBC it was one of the "most turbulent, badly organised days, that I've ever experienced in Britain". "The lack of communication all day was woeful.

There wasn't a single Tannoy announcement all day in the terminal, not a single member of staff came up to us," he said. "The only time I found out my flight was cancelled was from the BBC News website."

Some passengers have reported having to leave Heathrow without their luggage. The problems have affected BA call centres, the website and the mobile app. Aviation expert Julian Bray said: "It's frozen the whole system so no British Airways plane can actually take off, they can't move the baggage, they can't issue passenger credentials, in fact they can't do anything at all. "This is a very serious problem, they should have been able to switch to an alternative system - surely British Airways should be able to do this."

Malcolm Ginsberg, editor in chief at Business Travel News, expects the disruption to last for "three or four days". BA aircraft landing at Heathrow are unable to park as outbound aircraft cannot vacate the gates, which has resulted in passengers being stuck on aircraft. Journalist Martyn Kent said he had been sitting on a plane at Heathrow for 90 minutes. He said the captain told passengers the IT problems were "catastrophic". 'Catastrophic' 

Mick Rix, GMB's national officer for aviation said: "This could have all been avoided. "BA in 2016 made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India... many viewed the company's actions as just plain greedy." grounded planes at Heathrow BA staff in

Heathrow's Terminal 5 were resorting to using white boards, according to passenger Gareth Wharton. Delays have been reported in Rome, Prague, Milan, Stockholm and Malaga due to the system failure. Philip Bloom said he had been waiting on board a Heathrow-bound flight at Belfast for two hours. He added: "We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure. "We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to." Analysis - By Richard Westcott, BBC transport correspondent a member of British Airways staff writing gate information on a white board at Heathrow Airport.


With a lack of technology, staff were using whiteboards in Heathrow As ever, it is a lack of information that is really making BA passengers angry… we're still awaiting an explanation from the airline and a timescale for how long the problems might last. The GMB union says this meltdown could have been avoided if BA had not made hundreds of IT staff redundant and outsourced their jobs to India at the end of last year. Yes, the union has a big axe to grind, but people will want to know if the airline made its IT systems more vulnerable by scaling back computer support to save money - although BA has just flatly denied it to me. IT problems ripple through an airline. If planes cannot take off, they cannot leave gaps at the gate for others to land. If flights are delayed by more than around five hours, the airline must swap crews because shift lengths are strictly limited for safety reasons. Telling customers to stay away is a drastic measure, but it is the only chance BA has of clearing the backlog of flights.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Best Places To Live In The UK 2017

THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN ENGLAND

 The tenth annual Halifax Quality of Life Index has ranked 250 districts across the UK to find out where living standards are highest. The research looked at 24 categories including average earnings, employment, health, life expectancy, personal wellbeing, education and broadband speed. Here are the top 20 places to live.

The Top 20 Best Places To Live In UK

 20. CITY OF LONDON

It'll come as no surprise that the main reason London features anywhere near the top 20 is because of earnings. The average weekly earnings for the City of London stand at £1,106 per week, compared to the UK average of £646 per week. However, those living in the City of London have some of the smallest homes in the UK, with less than four habitable rooms, compared to the UK average of 5.5.

19. HORSHAM

Horsham in West Sussex has dropped four places this year to secure 19th place. People living here enjoy above average earnings, employment, life expectancy, broadband and life satisfaction. However, the area generally scores less well on education with GCSE passes lower than the national average.

18. SHETLAND ISLANDS 

The Scottish Shetland Islands have bounced up to the top 20 this year, with the highest employment rate in the UK. At 89.4%, the islands' residents are significantly more likely to land themselves a job than the rest of the UK, where the rate stands at just 73.7%.


 

17. WAVERLEY

The district of Waverley in Surrey has a few large towns including Godalming, Farnham and Haslemere. Although the area's employment rate levels fluctuate, it does well in all other categories, especially broadband where almost every home has a broadband speed of more than 2Mbps.

16. SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

This district, which is home to the Silverstone Formula One race track, has fallen two places since last year, and nine places since the year before. The area still performs above average when it comes to weekly earnings, employment and life expectancy but it was less impressive on education.

15. WEST DORSET 

The district of West Dorset, which includes towns such as Dorchester, Sherborne, Birdport and Beaminster, jumped up 19 places this year from position 34 in 2015. It is also ranked as the best place to retire to, due to high life expectancy, good health and general affluence.

14. TONBRIDGE AND MALLING

This Kent district has continually jumped up the table over the past two years, as it was at 42 in 2014, up to 29 in 2015, and now up to 14th. The area isn't cheap to live in, but its residents are some of the happiest across the nation.



 

13. SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE

South Oxfordshire has dropped 11 places this year, after it took second place in last year's survey. The area, which includes Wallingford and Henley on Thames, boasts higher than average weekly earnings, good employment rates, longer than average life expectancy, a safe environment to live and high levels of personal wellbeing.

 12. SOUTH HAMS 


South Hams has made a strong appearance this year, after not even making the top 50 in 2015. The area in South Devon is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country, and is well renowned for its beautiful landscape, quality local food, culture and gorgeous beaches.


11. WEST OXFORDSHIRE

West Oxfordshire has also made it into the top 20 this year, after previously failing to appear anywhere near the top 50. The district, which includes towns such as Burford (pictured), Witney, Chipping Norton and other idyllic Cotswolds villages, is known for its relaxing pace of life and picturesque landscapes.

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10. CHILTERN

The district of Chiltern in Buckinghamshire is the 10th best place to live for quality of life according to the Halifax survey, moving down seven places compared to last year. It is one of the top areas for property size with an average of 6.4 rooms versus the UK average of 5.5 and was also top for female life expectancy, with women here living until the ripe old age of 86.7 on average, compared to 83.2 across the UK.

 8. ST ALBANS

People living in this charming commuter town enjoy better than average earnings, employment, education and low crime levels. It also has the one of the highest proportions of adults with higher level qualifications such as a degree and recorded the third highest-paid residents in the UK with average weekly earnings at £1,018 per week.

7. PURBECK

This Dorset region, which is home to Corfe Castle, Wool, Swanage and Bovington, scored seventh place this year, after not making the top 50 last year. Much like the rest of Dorset, Purbeck is popular for retirees and families alike, as it is one of the safest, most affluent and picturesque areas in the UK.

 

6. SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE

South Cambridgeshire has moved up three places since 2015. The area is the top performing region for the East of England with residents here enjoying above average earnings, employment, life expectancy and personal wellbeing. However, it had the lowest level of fast broadband speeds in 2015, with 72% of homes enjoying a good speed compared to 87% nationally. It was also let down by below average GCSE scores at 64% compared to 68.6% UK-wide.

5. HAMBLETON

The area of Hambleton in the North East of England is home to the likes of Thirsk, Kilburn, Easingwood and Northallerton. It has soared 30 places this year up to number five, after sitting at 35 the year before. Securing a place in the top five places to live in the UK, Hambleton boasts one of the highest employment rates in the UK at 87.7%.
 

4. DERBYSHIRE DALES

Derbyshire Dales also has one one of the highest employment rates, with 87.7%. And 45.1% of adults have a higher qualification, such as a degree or NVQ level 4 and above, compared to the national average of 35.6%. This area also has one of the largest number of bars and pubs for its residents, with 27 per 10,000 adults.

3. WYCHAVON 


The third best place to live in the UK is this Worcestershire district, which includes the towns of Pershore, Droitwich Spa and Evesham. It boasts the highest number of health and fitness clubs in the land – 3.5 per 10,000 adults – which is perhaps why it scores highly on personal wellbeing and life expectancy.

 

2. ORKNEY ISLANDS

Soaring from 83rd position last year to second position this year, the Orkney Islands in Scotland have the lowest burglary rate in the UK and people have the lowest level of anxiety, rating 1.9 out of 10. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the emptiest roads are also found on the islands.


1. WINCHESTER

The district of Winchester in Hampshire won the top spot in this year's survey. It had one of the highest employment rates in all 250 districts included in the research at 83.1%, compared to a UK average of 73.7%. Crime rates are also among the lowest in the country and the adult population is among the happiest, satisfied, content and least anxious in the UK.

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  • Sunday, 24 January 2016

    Private Hire Industry Faces Modern Shake Up

    Plans to modernise the capital's private hire industry have been L announced by TfL.

    Drivers of private hire vehicles - which include minicabs and limousines - would need to meet a formal English language requirement and be able to provide guaranteed fare eslimates for customers in advance, if proposals are approved. Other measures include more robust insurance requirements and providing driver and vehicle details to customers, including a photo of the driver, before the start of each journey. The proposals come after a public consultation and review of private hire regulations, which attracted more than 16,000 responses late last year. They will be put to the TfL Board for approval in March. 


    TfL's chief operating officer for Surface Transport, Garrett Emmerson, said: 'Londoners have given a very clear indication of how they would like us to shape the regulation of the private hire industry to deliver improved safety and customer service. We had an overwhelming response to the consultation and all of the proposals we are taking forward received majority support.' 

    The number of private hire drivers in the capital has soared in recent years from 59,000 in 2009/10 to more than 95,000 today. This has contributed to growing traffic congestion, illegal parking and areas of poor air quality. TfL estimates that one in ten vehicles entering the zone is now a private hirevehicle

    Mayor Boris Johnson has asked TfL to investigate removing the Congestion Charge exemption for private hire vehicles in the city. 


    He said: 'New technology has revolutionised the private hire industry in recent years, bringing with it quantum leaps in terms of faster, better and cheaper services for customers. However it has also meant a rapid increase in the number of private hire vehicles on our streets. 


    These vehicles now represent more than 10 per cent of vehicles entering the Congestion Charging zone on a daily basis and I have asked TfL to investigate the impact and feasibility of removing the exemption for private hire vehicles.'

    The Mayor is also progressing legislation to enable TfL to regulate pedicabs, or rickshaws, which will help to tackle fare abuses prevalent among some drivers.

    Wednesday, 14 October 2015

    What Happens to Your Restricted Goods at Airport Safety?

    In case you have recently taken a flight or plan to, likelihood is you could have seen info on the air journey rules. These guidelines include a wide variety of various topics, points, and gadgets; however, perhaps, one is extra important than the rest. That air journey rule is the record of items which can be prohibited from being taken on an airline, whether that ban only be to your hand baggage or each your carryon baggage and checked suitcases. Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes which can be made. When you, intentionally or not, overlook to remove a prohibited item out of your baggage, have you learnt what will occur to you or to that item?

    In terms of prohibited gadgets in airports, you will discover that totally different penalties result. These penalties tend to depend on the airport you’re in, the airline you are flying with, in addition to the merchandise that you have been attempting to get through safety check points. Essentially, for those who were making an attempt to sneak in a bottled water, the implications could be far lower than should you were making an attempt to sneak in a gun, however there will still be penalties none the less.

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    baggage, you’ll doubtless be requested to take the item to your car. In the occasion that you can’t, you will have to show that item over to airport security. The same may be said for prohibited objects in your carry-on luggage. Typically, you can be given an option as to what you need to do along with your items. That is why it’s advised that you simply arrive on the airport before hand. Two hours early is often the beneficial time. It will be certain that you are able to made further lodging, must you discover that you are prohibited from taking some of your personal belongings aboard the airplane. As beforehand talked about, if you are unable to make lodging in your properties, you will have to turn them over to airport security. If you’re like most other vacationers you could be curious as to what happens with these items. The objects confiscated by airport security and what happens to those objects will all rely in the airport in question. Every airport has their very own method of coping with confiscated items. It is not uncommon for this stuff to be taken, melted, and forever discarded; nonetheless, some airports are starting to revenue from the sale of prohibited items.

    Various airports have offered this stuff, starting from instruments to lighters to scissors, themselves or with the assistance of an auction seller. No matter which motion is taken, it’s secure to say that you will not be able to recuperate your confiscated personal property. As an alternative of simply kissing your restricted objects goodbye, you’ll discover that quite a lot of airports began establishing onsite mail service centers. These mail service facilities are perfect for travelers who could be unable to make additional preparations for their gadgets, equivalent to returning them to their vehicles. With mail service centers, you will want to pay for the provides, however you’ll be able to simply have your objects mailed to your home. Nevertheless, you will need to bear in mind, that like all airports, the postal service additionally has a listing of prohibited items. This stuff mostly embrace flammable objects, resembling lighters. Though you could have a lot of different decisions, when it comes to taking care of your items which can be banned from going previous airport safety checkpoints, it is most likely greatest should you simply depart these objects as home. Reviewing the list of prohibited gadgets, earlier than you start packing to your journey, is one of the best ways to make sure that you are not left having to turn over a few of your belongings to airport security.

    Tuesday, 6 January 2015

    Ryanair Wrong Turn Causes Airport Chaos

    DISGRUNTLED passengers were delayed for an hour yesterday after Ryanair customers headed through the wrong door after their flight.

    Travellers arriving at London Stansted from Lisbon caused chaos as they passed through departures instead of arrivals.

    The error meant delays of up to 60 minutes as those on the 9.20am Ryanair flight had to pass through departures security before making their way to the arrivals lounge.

    Stansted staff said they will be launching an investigation into what went wrong.

    A Ryanair spokesman said: "The crew of this flight correctly directed disembarking customers to the assigned gate. However, customers entered the airport through a door which had been left open in error.
    'Ryanair fully co-operated with Stansted Airport as it rescreened departing passengers.

    'A number of flights were delayed throughout the day due to earlier issues with de-icing facilities'

    Monday, 21 July 2014

    Private Heathrow Gatwick Transfers Now Made Affordable with Affixed Rates


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