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Delta delays continue after computer issue

Delta delays continue after computer issue

2017 01 30

2017 01 30

Flight delays and cancellations at Delta Air Lines Inc. stretched into a second day after computer problems Sunday evening led to widespread disruptions before the No. 2 U.S. airline lifted a freeze on departures.

Delta Air Lines said about 80 flights would be canceled on Monday and that the number could rise. The carrier had to scratch about 170 flights the day before.

Some U.S.-bound Delta flights from Europe on Monday would be delayed as a spillover from the disruption in the U.S., the airline said. No trans-Atlantic flights have been canceled.

The problems blacked out airport passenger screens, forced agents to check in passengers manually and left some arriving aircraft stuck on the tarmac for hours, according to passenger reports.

Delta said its essential IT system failed at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday. It took until shortly after midnight to restore all services to normal.

The Federal Aviation Administration earlier said the No. 2 U.S. airline asked it to freeze departures for several hours at six airports: its big hubs in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit, as well as John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in New York and Los Angeles International Airport. The so-called ground stop was later lifted.

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