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Computer problem reason behind Florida flight delays: FAA

Computer problem reason behind Florida flight delays: FAA

Computer problem reason behind Florida flight delays: FAA

Around 10 planes arriving and ten departures were delayed at the Miami International Airport

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  • The FAA has slowed the volume of traffic into Florida airspace due to an air traffic computer issue.
  • Around ten arriving planes and ten departures in Miami were delayed over the past two hours.
  • The issue arose after a massive winter storm disrupted air travel during the Christmas holiday season.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported on Monday that problems with an air traffic control system are creating flight delays at major airports in Florida, as it tried to resolve the latest issue to impede air travel in the United States.

“The FAA has slowed the volume of traffic into Florida airspace due to an air traffic computer issue that is being resolved,” the U.S. regulator said in a statement.

The problem relates to a system known as En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) that is used to control air traffic, the regulator said without providing any information.

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The issue arose after a massive winter storm disrupted air travel during the Christmas holiday season, devastating operations at low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) and resulting in the cancellation of thousands of flights.

A spokeswoman for Miami International Airport reported that around ten arriving planes and ten departures were delayed over the past two hours owing to the FAA’s so-called ground stop order, a measure that allows the regulator to slow or halt airplane operations over defined airspace.

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The spokeswoman for MIA stated that the delays amounted to approximately one-fifth of the airline’s average volume during the timeframe.

A spokeswoman for Orlando International Airport, often known as MCO, stated that the airport did not anticipate any significant delays.

“Due to an FAA control plan in place to help manage air traffic flow at airports in Florida, including MCO, some flights today may be affected,” the spokesperson said.

While not immediately affected by the ground stop order, some incoming aircraft to Tampa International Airport could still be affected, according to an airport official.

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