Southwest Flights Take Off Following System Outage

By Monica Garske and Nicole Gonzales
|  Saturday, Jun 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:56 AM PDT
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System Outage Grounds Southwest Airlines Flights

A system outage grounded departing Southwest Airlines flights nationwide Friday night. At the San Diego International Airport, at least 11 outbound flights were delayed. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports.
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Southwest Airlines flights departing from Lindbergh Field are up and running again after a system outage caused delays Friday night.

According to San Diego International Airport officials, several Southwest Airlines flights were impacted beginning around 8:30 p.m.

A statement from Southwest Airlines said a system outage had caused the airline to temporarily hold departing flights. However, flights already in the air were not at all affected. The airline had all hands on deck Friday night to resolve the issue.

The system outage caused flight delays nationwide, not only at Lindbergh Field.

A few hours later, Southwest resumed take offs, still expecting some cancellations following the overnight glitch.

In San Diego, Southwest travelers were frustrated and upset by the unexpected delays. At least 11 local Southwest Airlines flights were impacted by the outage. Some of those planes were bound for Las Vegas, Sacramento, Austin, Chicago and Denver when the outage occurred.

One traveler, Sian Slater, said she was irritated by the situation, as she was scheduled to be in a wedding Saturday. Her flight had actually already boarded when the system went down, and since then she hadn’t received much information.

“I’m frustrated. There really haven’t been that many updates. They’ve run a couple of announcements, but they really haven’t said anything except that the system is partially up, but no word on when the planes will leave," Slater told NBC 7.

By about 11:15 p.m. the system was partially up and running and some flights were gearing up for takeoff.

On Saturday morning, the San Diego International Airport website showed that the majority of outbound Southwest Airlines had either taken off or were on time for their scheduled departures.

For the latest information on today’s Southwest flights leaving from San Diego, check the airport's website.
 

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