LONDON (AP) Updated at 9:00 a.m. Monday – Delta Air Lines says limited flights have begun several hours after a computer outage grounded its flights around the world and stranded thousands of people.
The Atlanta airline said Monday that delays and cancelations are ongoing.
The airline says that a power outage at a facility in Atlanta at around 2:30 a.m. Eastern started the cascading meltdown.
Flights that were already in the air when the outage struck continued, but many flights remained grounded. Over the next several hours, only a handful of flights took off instead of the usual hundreds, according to flight-tracking services.
Delta Air Lines has grounded flights scheduled to leave Monday after experiencing unspecified systems issues.
Confirmation of Monday’s troubles came in an official account that responds to customers via Twitter. The airline declined to immediately comment by phone and it was unclear whether all its flights were affected.
“Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning,” the company tweeted to customers affected by delays. “Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. We appreciate your patience.”
Travlers at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport at expressing their frustrations on Twitter Monday morning:
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.