United Airlines flights temporarily grounded due to ‘automation issues’
WATCH: The travel plans of thousands of passengers in the US were disrupted on Wednesday, after computer problems forced a major US airline, United Airlines, to ground flights across the country.
All United Airlines flights in the United States were grounded for about two hours Wednesday morning, delaying a significant number of flights at Canada’s three largest airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) notified travellers via its website that United Airlines flights at all airports in the United States were grounded at the request of the airline.
This is the second time in a little over a month that the airline has grounded all of its flights in the U.S. due to “automation issues.”
The airline attributed the delay on June 2 to faulty flight information in the airline’s dispatch system, according to Time magazine.
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport warned travellers to check their flight status if they were flying with United.
An industry analyst said the delays could frustrate Air Canada customers who are travelling on flights operated by United. But it’s not likely to have long-lasting effects on the Canadian airline.
“The next time you book a flight you probably will remember it but you’re going to most likely look for the cheapest fare of the best connection,” David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity told the Canadian Press.