Systems crash forces Delta to ground flights

Delta Air Lines on Monday grounded flights and predicted widespread cancelations after a power outage hit its computer systems globally, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers. About six hours into the outage, the airline said that the limited flights were resuming but delays and cancelations continued. The Atlanta-based carrier said that the outage began at 2:30am. Eastern flights which were already en route were operating normally, but many passengers took to Twitter to express frustration with being stuck on the ground.

“We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time,” the company said in a statement. “We apologise to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.” The company said its IT systems were down “everywhere” and “hopefully it won’t be much longer.” Several applications were affected, including the company’s website.

Airline data company Flightaware said there were atleast 858 cancelations and 7,359 delays across the global industry on Monday. It’s unclear how many are related to Delta’s problems and whether Delta’s groundings are reflected in the numbers.

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