FAA: Some flights resume after tech glitch spurs massive delays

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is beginning to resume some flight operations after “technical issues” caused massive delays and groundings Saturday.

In a statement released late Saturday afternoon, FAA officials said:

“The agency is working with the airlines to return to normal operations, and expects to lift any remaining traffic management programs by 4 p.m. EDT. The FAA is continuing its root cause analysis to determine what caused the problem and is working closely with the airlines to minimize impacts to travelers.”

Officials at Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airports confirmed that delayed flights were getting ready to depart.

Passengers should continue to check with their airline for information about their specific flight. Residual delays are expected even after the issue gets resolved.

An automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Virginia prompted federal aviation officials to direct high-altitude flights around the Washington region. The computer program has since been resolved.

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