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Heathrow and Gatwick passengers hit with more delays



 Cinema in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport as the UK

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Heathrow Airport
                

Air passengers at one of the UK's largest airports are hit by a problem with the country's air traffic control system.

It comes after Heathrow and Gatwick to storms following this week's heatwave.

The UK said it would fix the problem.

The delays caused by extreme heat began on Friday.

The Met Office said Thursday was potentially the UK's hottest 38.7C at Cambridge Botanic Garden.

The reading will require "quality control and analysis" over the next few days, the forecaster said.

Cambridge, 38.1

C, already put Thursday as the hottest July day on record and the UK's second hottest day.

Mark Pickering was due to fly to Heathrow was canceled due to "spoiled" food caused by the hot weather.

BST on Friday morning, before getting a hotel and returning at 07:00 to try again.

"I still do not know where my bags are and I have no idea what to do when I finally get to Singapore because I've missed my connecting flight by," he said.

"When the flight was canceled there was a line of about 300 to 400 people and no-one really knew what was going on."

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Mark Pickering

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Mark Pickering's flight was canceled "spoiled" due to the hot weat here
                

Diane Styant, Mr Pickering, said she was not going to get any accommodation on Thursday night.

She said she had to sit on an upright chair in a coffee shop until 03:30, when they and their husband join the queue in the rebooking department.

After more than four hours, they manage to leave another flight on Friday.

"Our precious annual holiday to visit our family."
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Mats and blankets were laid out for people to rest at Heathrow Aiport on Friday
                

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People resting at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5
                

Friday has been cooler than Thursday, with temperatures ranging from 23C to 25C in most areas (73F to 77F), rising to 27C in south-east England.

The disruption to flights on Friday was caused by storms across Europe

A "technical problem" at Swanwick has now become a problem at Heathrow and Gatwick.

The UK's air traffic controller said it had "fixed the issue to safely increase traffic flow."

Both Heathrow Airport and Gatwick

British Airways said they had "severe delays and cancellations to our operation in and out of London. "

The Independent's travel editor, Simon Calder, said" dozens "of the canceled flights were on easyJet and there were" some very long delays on British Airways. "

At Lond on Liverpool Street Station on Friday evening, said the traveler had canceled, leaving them stranded.

Author Erica James described the scene at the station as "bright," while fellow rail traveler Ross Brereton

Elsewhere, there was disruption.

Elsewhere, there was disruption.

Elsewhere, there was disruption on the Midland Main Line between London St Pancras and Sheffield and on services operated by Great Northern, Thameslink, East Midlands Trains and West Midlands Trains.

West Midlands Railway said the work was underway

Passengers using Eurostar services to and from Paris thus facing "severe disruption" due to overhead power line problems n the French capital.

Many travelers said they did not pay any fees.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of Independent Watchdog Transportation Focus, said: "All passengers should not be entitled to claim compensation."

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Passengers were stuck on a train near Peterborough on Thursday because of damage to overhead wires
                


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