by Mark Albert
Courtesy: Spirit Airlines
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Spirit Airlines stopped all take offs and departures Friday night, asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a nationwide groundstop because of unspecified “computer issues.”
The FAA posted a notice on its verified Twitter account at 6:18pm ET saying that “.
@SpiritAirlines asked @FAANews for #GroundStop for all flights systemwide due to company computer issues. Travellers should contact @SpiritAirlines for more information.”
There was no similar message posted on Spirit’s social media accounts at the time of the FAA tweet.
A Spirit Airlines representative later responded to a request for comment from The Voyage Report saying the carrier is currently investigating the exact cause.
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In a statement to The Voyage Report at 6:50pm ET, spokesman Derek Dombrowski confirmed the technical failure and said the airline was asking the FAA to lift the groundstop after the issues were fixed.
“We experienced a brief system outage this evening, but the issue is now resolved,” Dombrowski wrote to TVR.
“The outage lasted an hour and directly impacted 16 flights. We are investigating the cause, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our Guests.”
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