Florida airports face delays after air traffic control issue: FAA

An air traffic control computer problem caused hundreds of delays at Florida airports on Monday, the Federal Aviation Association said, disrupting flights during one of the busiest travel days on the holiday schedule.

The issue occurred at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center and began causing delays around 1 p.m., according to Greg Chin, spokesman for Miami International Airport. As of 6 p.m., the issue had been resolved, the FAA told USA TODAY.

“The FAA is working to safely return to normal traffic levels in Florida airspace,” the agency added.

The technology involved, the En-route Automation Modernization System, “is a modern computer system in air traffic centers that handle en-route traffic,” according to the FAA.

Flight delays to and from Florida airports are slowly returning to normal now that an air traffic control computer glitch has been resolved, the Federal Aviation Association said.

Miami’s hub carrier American Airlines had more than 50 delayed departures due to the ERAM outage, Chin said.

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Monday, American Airlines tweeted: “The ground shutdown for all Florida airports affects all carriers entering and exiting the area due to an issue at the MIA ATC control center.”

Flight operations are slowly returning to normal, but some are still experiencing delays.

According to FlightAware, Orlando International Airport saw 221 outbound flights and 246 outbound flights delayed. Fort Lauderdale International Airport had 186 outbound flights delayed and 152 inbound flights delayed.

Miami International Airport had 111 delayed flights.

USA Today

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