FAA lifts US ground suspension after technology outage delays thousands of flights

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted a nationwide suspension of departing flights Wednesday morning after thousands of flights were delayed by a technology outage, but the airline said the problem would continue to disrupt travel throughout the day. I warned you.

The FAA said it was working to restore notifications to air mission systems, which are responsible for sending messages to all pilots about closed runways, hazards, and other information, while domestic flights were delayed early Wednesday. It said it would suspend departures until at least 9am ET.

All flights currently in the air have landed safely. the agency said.

More than 4,500 flights were delayed as of 9:10 a.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware, and the remaining delays could last several hours from backup once the ground stop is lifted. I have.

delta, United When southwest He said a schedule adjustment would likely take place on Wednesday. Airlines regularly delay schedules so that airports are not overwhelmed with unparked aircraft.

For example, Delta Air Lines flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Boston, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport were all suspended until 10 a.m. ET, the FAA said on its website.

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily suspended all US departures on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

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More than 800 US flights were canceled on Wednesday. More than 23,000 flights were scheduled to, from, and within the United States, according to aviation data company Cirium.

“This technical issue is causing significant operational delays across the national airspace system.” delta, American, United, southwest others.

By 8:15 a.m. ET, flights from Newark Liberty International Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had resumed, the FAA said.

The White House said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explained the blackout to President Joe Biden.

“While there is no evidence of a cyberattack at this time, the president has directed the DOT to thoroughly investigate the cause,” White House spokeswoman Carine Jean-Pierre said. said in a tweet.

An FAA system outage caused mass cancellations nationwide on January 11, 2023.

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The incident comes just weeks after the airline canceled more than 15,000 Southwest Airlines flights after severe weather conditions during a busy holiday season caused massive flight disruptions across the United States. Did. succumbed to all schedule changes.

Wednesday’s FAA issue added to concerns from Washington, particularly about the technology on which the complex US aviation system relies.

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, said: in a statement Wednesday. “People need a resilient air transportation system.”

Southwest Airlines is preparing to cancel Wednesday’s flights to avoid further disruption, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association President Casey Murray told CNBC.

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