Amy Nye and her family await a ride after flying to Juneau from Seattle Wednesday morning. Juneau International Airport Manager Patty Wahto said no flights in or out of Juneau have been delayed due to the overnight outage to the Federal Administration Aviation Notice to Air Missions System caused more than 8,300 delayed flights and 1,200 cancellations across the U.S. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Amy Nye and her family await a ride after flying to Juneau from Seattle Wednesday morning. Juneau International Airport Manager Patty Wahto said no flights in or out of Juneau have been delayed due to the overnight outage to the Federal Administration Aviation Notice to Air Missions System caused more than 8,300 delayed flights and 1,200 cancellations across the U.S. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Juneau flights spared worst of U.S. flight disruptions

Airport manager monitoring situation after FAA system outage causes

An overnight computer system outage caused more than 8,300 delayed flights and 1,200 cancellations across the U.S, according to FlightAware, but no flights in or out of Juneau International Airport have been delayed, said airport manager Patty Wahto.

According to Wahto, upon checking in with Alaska Airlines soon after the announcement was made of the ground stop, the airline notified her that no Juneau flights have been affected, but she noted airport staff is monitoring the situation.

The outage occurred to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice to Air Missions computer system, which generates safety alerts and notices such as weather information, runway obstructions, or any other information that could affect the flight that is sent in real-time to pilots and airline dispatchers prior to takeoff.

“It’s all the information the pilot needs to come into the airport,” Wahto said.

The outage, which caused a ground stop, was lifted Wednesday morning, but the system outage effects are likely to ripple throughout Wednesday, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Amy Nye, along with her partner and two children, was on a layover at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport awaiting an early morning flight home to Juneau when at around 5 a.m. Nye said an announcement was made across airport loudspeakers which notified people that all flights were on a ground hold.

Nye, who sat at the Juneau International Airport mid-Wednesday morning with her family awaiting a ride, said she and her family were able to fly from Seattle back to Juneau without any trouble at around 7:30 a.m., but noted anecdotally it appeared that flights coming from the East Coast were much more affected than flights on the west coast.

Watho said beyond Alaska Airlines notification to the airport, she did not hear of any other local airlines advising delays or cancellations due to the outage.

“We will continue to monitor it and if there are delays, just understand the delays are for a reason and for safety,” Wahto said.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of July 20

Here’s what to expect this week.

Bartlett Regional Hospital’s crisis stabilization center during its unveiling on June 14, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Bartlett Regional Hospital shuts down programs at recently opened Aurora Behavioral Health Center

Crisis stabalization program halted at center due to lack of funds and staff, officials say.

A car on Gastineau Avenue is partially buried by a mudslide that occurred during record rainfall on Sunday, July 14, 2024. (Photo by Simba Blackman)
New July rainfall record set for Juneau with a week to go; Suicide Basin nears 2023 fill level

No more heavy storms expected this month, according to forecaster.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees votes for a new chair and vice chair during a meeting in Fairbanks on Wednesday. (Screenshot from APFC livestream)
Ellie Rubenstein resigns from Permanent Fund board, Ethan Schutt displaced as chair in wake of email allegations

Trustees elect new chair, vice chair Wednesday morning; Rubenstein announces resignation hours later

Police and other emergency officials treat Steven Kissack after he was shot on Front Street on Monday, July 15, 2024. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Names of officers involved in death of Steven Kissack released, along with more details of standoff

JPD states Kissack threatened to kill officers; one officer who fired gun cleared in 2016 shooting.

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, speaks on Jan. 4, 2024, at a town hall meeting on the possible Albertsons-Kroger grocery merger. The meeting was held at the Teamsters Local 959 headquarters in Anchorage. Peltola said on Tuesday she has not decided whether to support her party’s likely candidate, Vice President Kamala Harris. (Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Rep. Mary Peltola withholds support for Kamala Harris, is ‘keeping an open mind’

Congresswoman says she’s considering Harris presidency’s affect on Alaska as an oil-dependent state.

People arrive for a service at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Sunday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Lawsuit: Resurrection Lutheran Church leaders have been ousted, clarity in ‘ministerial work’ needed

Pastor Karen Perkins, two others targeted in long-brewing feud at church known for helping homeless.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Sunday, July 21, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Saturday, July 20, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read