A computer system glitch grounds and delays 3500 United Airlines flights, causing a ripple effect of heavy delays throughout major airports. Aviation experts said that delays of even 90 minutes could have a snowball effect triggering flight delays at each late flight’s destination. The FAA specifically blames the ground stop on “automation issues”. Passengers complain of system backups and long lines. Gate agents at some locations are forced to write tickets by hand.
We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning. We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.
The Exchange stops trading, saying that it has experienced a “technical issue” that it is working to resolve. Before the market opened at 9:30 this morning, the Exchange had sent out notices to members saying that it was experiencing a “gateway connectivity issue.” All trades meant for the NYSE are currently moving through other stock exchanges with no perceptible delay.
Qantas reduces flights to Perth. It removes one Airbus A330 flight per day from Melbourne to Perth. A return flight from Perth to Melbourne is discontinued. Most of the flights from Sydney to Perth will now use smaller Boeing 737 instead of the present Airbus A330.
These small changes to our east-west flying allow us to add wide body domestic services between Sydney and Brisbane and form part of our twice yearly schedule update. We are able to move our aircraft around to match market conditions and demand.