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Worldwide grounding of flights lifted, says Delta Air Lines

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The worldwide grounding of Delta Air Lines flights has now been lifted, the airline said on Monday. However, the US firm added that cancellations and delays would continue.

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The airline grounded all its flights for over three hours early Monday due to a major computer breakdown, which the company blamed on a power outage at its hub in Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based company tweeted its customers earlier on Monday: "Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning.

Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. We appreciate your patience."

The company said its IT systems were down "everywhere", adding that several applications were affected, including the company's website.

Airline data company Flightaware said there were at least 858 cancellations and 7,359 delays across the global industry on Monday morning. It remains unclear at this stage how many were related to Delta's problems and whether Delta's groundings are reflected in the numbers.

Computer outages have caused major headaches for airlines and travellers before. Southwest Airlines was forced to cancel more than 2,000 flights across the US last month after technology problems prevented many travellers from checking in or boarding flights.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)
 

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