Computer problems hit airlines around the world, causing serious delays

Bojan Bokic

Bojan Bokic

Other airports around the world have suffered too, with more than 130 airlines relying on Amadeus's Altea software to run their check-in processes.

A spokesperson said: 'A small number of airlines are now experiencing intermittent issues with their check-in systems at airports around the world - including at Heathrow.

Passengers have reported long queues and delays after a worldwide glitch in the software used for checking in.

Virgin Australia has not been affected, as it uses a different check-in system.

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Airlines across the world delayed flights Thursday because of a "network issue" in a global flight-booking system.

The outage, which was caused by an unspecified "network problem", has now been resolved, but not before causing some delays at airports and problems for customers wanting to check bookings.

Air France said that it had experienced problems for 15 minutes and that its systems were slowly coming back online. "That action is ongoing with services gradually being restored", a company spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.

"Amadeus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers".

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"There's been failures before, small glitches", Macheras said.

Passengers have reported problems in Melbourne, London, Paris, Singapore, Washington DC, Zurich and Johannesburg, the Telegraph reports.

Carriers including British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific Airways and Qantas Airways were among those impacted, with Dutch operator KLM delaying at least 24 departures.

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