Delta Cancels 300 Flights Wednesday Amid Power Failure Fallout


Delta canceled 317 flights on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning Delta said he had cancelled some 255 flights after the company already nixed over 1,500 flights in the previous days.

The starting point for preventing computer failures is to ensure reliable electricity sources, said Ron Peri, chief executive officer of Radixx International, which provides passenger-service systems to airlines including FlyDubai and Air India Express.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said he takes "personal responsibility" for the episode and added new detail to its cause. Delta is also offering $200 in travel vouchers to anyone whose flight was delayed by at least three hours or cancelled due to the power outage. But they affected tens of thousands of travelers, and hundreds more flights were delayed. Southwest Airlines experienced the same kind of three-day problem from a computer glitch late last month.

"We continue to ask our customers to check their travel plans and flight status". Those passengers can make one change to their itineraries without paying the standard change fee of $200 domestically to as much as $500 for global flights. "As they've grown in importance and stature with more flights and customers, taking time to do maintenance becomes a bigger issue".

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-If your flight was canceled or "significantly delayed" Monday and Tuesday, you are entitled to a refund. But the local utility company, Georgia Power, was quick to fire back saying it was actually Delta's equipment that had failed.

Delta's problems began early Monday when a power outage in Atlanta shut down its computer systems. He said no other customers lost power. It was later spun off into a separate company called Travelport, but Delta bought back its portion two years ago. The outage has snarled Delta's flights ever since.

Many reports questioned whether Delta and other airlines have let their technology grow old and vulnerable.

Delta, the No.2 USA airline by passenger traffic, had said that as of 5:15 p.m. EDT (2115 GMT) Tuesday it canceled about 680 flights, while about 2,400 had departed. After it combined IT systems with merger partner Continental, United suffered shutdowns on several days, most recently in 2015. "It's great to have flashy apps and a flashy website, but if you can't board a plane, it's a problem". Delta gate agents wrote some boarding passes by hand. In Tokyo, a dot-matrix printer was resurrected to keep track of passengers on a flight to Shanghai.

Goldberg said Delta's backup systems may not have had the capacity to run the systems, causing the slowness.