Notes from underground

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For the last three months South Africans have been complaining about Eskom’s failures in planning and bad management, as if it is the only organisation to suffer from such incompetence, and as if South Africa is the only country to suffer from such misfortunes.

So perhaps there was a certain sense of relief, not to mention malicious glee, in seeing that British Airways seems to be unable to organise the proverbial piss up in a brewery.

And there was the gent on Sky News muttering at 20 minute intervals about the damage it was doing to “brand UK”.

At least we’re not alone.

clipped from

British Airways said on Saturday that it was cancelling flights to and from London Heathrow airport’s new Terminal 5 for a third day running because of logistical problems.

“British Airways plans to operate 293 out of 347 scheduled flights to and from Heathrow Terminal 5 on Saturday,” the airline said in a statement on its website.

“All long-haul flights from Terminal 5 will operate as planned,” it added.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled since the 8.7-billion-dollar (5.6-billion-euro) terminal opened on Thursday, delaying passengers and leaving many others without their luggage.

Terminal Five, the size of 50 football pitches, took 15 years to plan and build and is designed to handle 30 million passengers a year.

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