Published: Tue, April 02, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Technical outage causing flight delays for airlines

Technical outage causing flight delays for airlines

Several major United States airlines across the country had to ground their planes on Monday because of an outage with a software system.

A technical outage is impacting major airlines and causing flight delays that may impact travel.

United Airlines, didn't immediately respond to NJ Advance Media's request for additional information.

According to a tweet from Delta, "A brief third-party technology issue has been resolved".

"Our teams are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible".

The airlines spent Monday morning apologizing to delayed customers around the country.

American Airlines said the technical issue affected a few of its regional carriers that operate American Eagle flights. One Southwest passenger reported waiting on the tarmac in Dallas for 90 minutes after his 6 a.m. flight to New Orleans was delayed. Paul International Airport; a spokesperson for the airport estimated about 60 delays Monday morning.

Southwest said for customers to expect scattered delays.

Delta advised travelers to check their flight's status. Such calculations also must be approved by airline dispatchers in remote offices, complicating flight schedules if communications or computer systems crash.

By midday, 3,400 US flights had been delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware, but it was unclear how many were related to the technical issue.

As of 7 a.m., Delta said the issue had been resolved.

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