An air-traffic control issue at Los Angeles International Airport caused flight delays for incoming flights from across the western U.S. on Thursday morning, including at least one flight from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
A software glitch grounded all departures to LAX between 7:20 a.m. and 9 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a traffic alert on its Twitter feed just before 9 a.m. advising passengers to check with their airline for potential delays because of the software problems. On its Twitter feed, LAX announced at 9:37 that service had been restored but that incoming flights were being delayed 30 to 45 minutes.
Flights that were already in the air when the problem arose reportedly continued on to Los Angeles without incident.
One American Airlines flight from Fresno, Flight 3005 operated by SkyWest Airlines, was directly affected by the computer issues. The Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet was scheduled to take off from FYI at 7:35 a.m. but didn’t take off until about 10 a.m., according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. It arrived in Los Angeles at 10:41 a.m., about 2 1/2 hours after its scheduled arrival time.
None of the day’s other Los Angeles-bound departures scheduled from Fresno appeared to be affected by the computer issues.