Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Technical glitch affecting major airlines resolved, but flights still disrupted

Technical glitch affecting major airlines resolved, but flights still disrupted

The Federal Aviation Administration said several airlines had problems with a program called Aerodata, which is used to plan weight and balance for flights.

The technical mishap is said to have affected major national carriers United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, and follows on widespread outages last week causing delays at major airports across the country.

Major delays were reported at a number of airports Monday, from Phoenix to New Orleans and from Atlanta to NY and Chicago, according to Flightradar24.

A technical glitch at an outside aviation company led to delays at major USA airlines Monday. "As a result, just five minutes of system downtime can result in over 100 delayed flights and loss of revenue".

The issues affected Southwest, Delta, JetBlue, Alaska and United flights around the U.S.

Even though the glitch has been fixed, airlines say check your flights for any schedule updates if you are traveling today.

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Southwest had an "internal ground stop" for about 40 minutes due to the outage.

Southwest Airlines was the first carrier to report that the problem had been resolved and it would get travelers moving soon, but added that customers could expect flight delays.

The delays were related to the software system Aerodata, according to American Airlines. SkyWest, a commuter airline affiliated with United and Delta Airlines, had over 200 flights delayed. Check flight statues at the Birmingham airport here. The glitch affected a few of its regional carriers.

By about 7:45 a.m. the system was back online, he said.

The flight tracking website FlightAware allows users to track their flight and to see flights from one city to another on all airlines running that route.

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