All flights in the US were grounded following the incident, a source familiar with the situation told NBC News. The FAA has ordered all airlines to suspend domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
As of about 7 a.m. Wednesday, more than 1,200 flights to, from, and outside the U.S. were delayed, according to the online flight tracker. FlightAware. More than 100 flights are listed as cancelled.
In an announcement on its website, the FAA said its Notification of Air Traffic (NOTAM) system had “failed.” A NOTAM is a notice containing essential information for workers involved in aviation operations.
“Operations throughout the National Airspace System are affected,” the FAA said in a statement.
In an update Published In a tweet just before 7:20 a.m., the FAA said it had ordered airlines to suspend all domestic departures until 9 a.m. ET “to allow the agency to verify the integrity of flight and safety information.”
It said it was still working to fully restore the NOTAM system following the outage.
“We are doing final validation checks and now repopulating the system,” it said earlier Tweet Before 7 am
“While some operations are beginning to resume, National Space System operations remain limited,” it said.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg A Tweet He “contacted the FAA this morning about a malfunction affecting a key system that provides safety information to pilots.”
“The FAA is working to resolve this issue quickly and safely so that air traffic can resume normal operations, and will continue to provide updates,” he said.
Southwest Airlines said Wednesday it was “closely monitoring” the situation and that it “may affect the start of operations.”
The news came after several social media users said they were affected by the situation.
“FAA system malfunction causes ground shutdown at AUS and other airports across the country,” Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said. Tweet.
“Arriving and departing passengers can expect delays this morning and throughout the day,” it said, adding: “Please stay in touch with your airline and check your flight status before traveling to AUS.”
Many airports outside the US said operations were continuing as normal, but Aéroports de Paris, or Airports of Paris, an international airport operator based in Paris, said all flights by US airlines would be delayed until further notice. It said non-US airlines were flying as normal without disruption.
Air France said all its flights to the US were operating as scheduled and were not affected by the FAA computer outage. The airline said it is continuously monitoring the situation.
A spokesman for London’s Gatwick Airport said: “As far as we know, we are still flying to the US.
A spokeswoman for Frankfurt Airport in Germany said the FAA outage did not affect its operations.
This is a growing story. Check back for updates.
Sarah Maithly And Nancy Eng Contributed.