Technology glitch grounds, delays flights at airlines
- Flights at several airlines were grounded today as a computer outage at airline-tech firm Sabre created a glitch in operations.
- Sabre says the systems were running again by early this afternoon, but didn't identify a cause for the problem.
- American Airlines (NASDAQ:) said flights were delayed but not canceled, while Southwest (NYSE:) said the outage briefly prevent bookings, ticket changes and use of mobile boarding passes. Alaska (NYSE:) said 15 flights were delayed by up to 15 minutes.
- The glitch also hit Virgin America (NASDAQ:) and JetBlue (NASDAQ:), but United (NYSE:) said flights were unaffected, and Delta (NYSE:) doesn't use Sabre.
- Airline stocks generally followed the market's closing lift to gains today, though: +1.5%; +0.5%; +0.4%; flat; +0.3%; +0.5%; +0.9%.