No quick end to Alaska Airlines flight delays

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2009 file photo, an Alaska Airlines plane comes in for a landing as another taxis for takeoff at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Air affiliate are canceling dozens of flights because their computer system failed. Company spokesman Paul McElroy says the two airlines canceled 60 flights by late Saturday morning, March 26, 2011, six hours after the outage started. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
October 8, 2012 12:33:52 PM PDT
There's been no quick solution to a computer failure that cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes, creating long lines at many West Coast airports.

The failure has caused delays at the Seattle-based airline's entire network of 64 destinations, which also includes airports in Alaska, Mexico and Canada. Alaska Airlines has an average of 436 flights a day.

Airline spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey says technicians are trying to restore the reservation network that was lost at 7:40 a.m. Monday.

The airline says the problem was caused when a Sprint fiber optic network in the Midwest was cut and Alaska Airlines lost its connection to the Sabre ticketing system.

The airline had hoped for a partial solution by noon Pacific time, but there was no indication a fix was imminent.


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