One incoming Long Beach flight was delayed, according to Long Beach Airport officials, after Delta Airlines canceled 427 flights nationwide, due to a power outage in Atlanta that “wreaked havoc” on the airport’s computer system in the city, affecting flights everywhere.
A Delta statement posted at 5:40AM today stated the ground stop was ordered immediately and “has been lifted and limited departures are resuming following a power outage in Atlanta that impacted Delta computer systems and operations Worldwide.''
Long Beach Airport spokeswoman Stephanie Montuya-Morisky said one Delta flight was delayed by 13 minutes, with its new arrival time moving from 12:12PM to 12:25PM. She said it was not clear if the delay was due to Delta's internal computer issues at this time.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian made an announcement, published on the airlines’ Twitter feed early this morning from the customer operations center regarding the nationwide delays and cancellations.
“It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort,” he said. “We lost power at about 2:30 this morning, which caused us to implement a ground stop that we put in place at 5:00AM. I apologize for the challenges this has created for you with your travel experience; the Delta team is working very hard to restore and get these systems back as quickly as possible.”
Delta has canceled 427 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,590 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled flights so far today.— Delta (@Delta) August 8, 2016
Delta is offering waivers for those affected by the flight delays and cancellations, allowing individuals to reschedule their flights.
The previous statement indicated the possibility of lag time on delta.com, the Fly Delta App and Delta representatives online and at the airport.
To access the waivers indicated in the statement, click here.
This report was updated on 08/10/16 at 10:29AM, clarifying the Long Beach Airport's information regarding Long Beach flights.