Delta warns of “large-scale” flight cancellations

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 14: A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on July 14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.© (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – JULY 14: A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on July 14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Delta Air Lines is warning passengers of “large-scale” flight cancellations Monday due to computer system issues stemming from a power outage in Atlanta, where the carrier is headquartered. Many flights were already being delayed.

Earlier, Delta tweeted that its computer systems were down “everywhere” and some flights had been “grounded,” though flights already in the air weren’t affected.

At 6:55 a.m. local time, Delta said in a statement, “A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, has impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays. Large-scale cancellations are expected today. All flights enroute are operating normally.

“We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time. We apologize to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.”

There were indications of progress in getting systems back up to speed. A CBS News staffer at London’s Heathrow Airport reports passengers were told Delta systems were back online and passengers were being checked in.

But an airline spokesperson in the U.S. told CBS News it was still in a “ground hold” and would not confirm or deny that the systems were back up.

WGCL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, where Delta is based, reports the problem was first uncovered when a flight was to take off from San Francisco.

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