Flights Resume Around the Country as FAA Lifts Airline Ground Stop
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ground stop order Wednesday morning after suffering a nationwide technical outage. The outage which lasted for a couple of hours in the early morning, caused mass cancellations and delays, affecting all airlines.
At 7:15 a.m. he FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information. Most airlines had already chosen to ground their own craft due to the system’s failure early Wednesday.
The travel chaos was caused by the failure of the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which alerts pilots and other personnel about airborne issues and other delays at airports across the country. More than 740 flights were canceled around the country and more than 4,300 more flights were delayed.
“Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the United States following an overnight outage to the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety information to flight crews,” the FAA wrote in its fifth update of the morning at 8:50 a.m.