JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A nationwide ground stop was issued Monday for flights into Florida due to a saturated air space, according to News4JAX aviation expert Ed Booth.
According to an article written by CNN, which received a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, the air traffic control issues are triggering hours-long delays into Florida airports.
“The FAA has slowed the volume of traffic into Florida airspace due to an air traffic computer issue that is being resolved,” the agency said in a statement.
WESH 2 in Florida also spoke with the FAA, which to received a statement. It said the issue has to do with ERAM, which is short for the “En Route Automation Modernization system.”
“It’s been resolved and planes are slowly being allowed to depart,” the statement reads.
Michelle Sapp, a traveler, spoke with News4JAX Monday evening. She said she’d been waiting to fly into Fort Lauderdale since 11 a.m.
“Our flight was already delayed coming out of I think it was coming from Fort Lauderdale. So we were already about an hour and a half or so delayed. And then now we were able to board the plane, and then we were held up. As soon as they close the door, they said we wouldn’t be able to leave,” Sapp said.
Debbie Swartz was headed to Philadelphia, and she said she was worried about how long it was going to take her to get back home.
“As we were driving from Fort Lauderdale with my daughter and would say, ‘Uh oh flight got delayed,’ you know once, and it was twice now three times — and then now finding out that there’s a bigger problem about the flights getting in and out of Florida. I’m definitely a bit worried,” she said.
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