Computer glitch disrupts AirTran flights

February 4, 2009 6:06:39 PM PST
A computer glitch in its flight dispatch system prompted discount carrier AirTran Airways to order a full ground stop at its Atlanta hub for several hours, preventing its planes from taking off or landing there. Spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver said that by late morning Monday the system had been partially restored and that the airline was again releasing flights to take off from and land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

She estimated that because of the backlog, 20 to 30 flights would have to be canceled. She could not immediately say how many flights were delayed, how many people were affected or what caused the computer glitch in the flight dispatch system, which contains flight and gate information.


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