Worldwide airports hit by computer system crash

Gatwick Airport in the UK is one of those affected

Travellers around the world are facing major delays at airports after computer check-in systems crashed.

It reported that the problem was related to the Amadeus Altea flight management system, which is used by 125 airlines.

"Amadeus technical teams took immediate action to identify the cause of the issue and mitigate against the impact on customers".

It would not say how many airlines or airports were affected.

The check-in systems of affected airlines at Changi Airport have been restored after experiencing nearly three hours of technical glitch.

Long check-in lines were a common sight for passengers all over the world Thursday.

Amadeus Altea is described as a "complete Passenger Service System that offers full reservation, inventory and departure control capabilities".

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In response to the BBC, Amadeus explained that a "network issue" caused the disruption. Flights delayed, at least out of TXL.

Passengers are seen waiting to check in for flights at London's Heathrow airport in this file pic. That action is ongoing with services gradually being restored.

In addition to Lufthansa and Qantas, CNN reported Air France, Air China, Korean Air and Southwest Airlines were among the carriers affected by the network issue.

The Gatwick spokesperson said there will be "no delays" as a result of the brief failure.

"Amadeus can confirm that our systems are recovered and are now functioning normally".

Amadeus operates software that underpins booking systems and other operations for airlines.

Reports came in this morning from London Gatwick and Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Reagan Airport in Washington DC, Changi in Singapore, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Zurich according to the Telegraph.

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