Flights back to normal after global reservation system outage

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Flight schedules returned to normal after an outage struck the global Sabre airline reservation system for more than 2 hours, lasting until around 2:30 a.m. ET.

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Flights around the world were disrupted late Aug. 5 through early morning Aug. 6 by an outage of the Sabre airline reservation system. Delays affected mostly West Coast airports, starting around 10 p.m. local time. The system was down for more than 2 hours before resuming normal operation around 2:30 a.m. ET.

"There is a system wide outage affecting all Sabre carriers." David Stewart, head of Corporate Security department of Virgin America

Through Twitter, Stewart said the outages were caused by Sabre. Sabre later sent out a number of tweets saying that the "systems are coming back online."

Airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle were all affected. Los Angeles International Airport told the AP that 17 flights there experienced delays of up to 45 minutes. Airlines affected included American, Jet Blue, Frontier, Virgin America, Qantas and British Airways.

In Australia, where the outage hit midday, Virgin Australia cancelled at least a dozen flights. Johannesburg's international airport saw British Airways flights delayed. London Heathrow saw minor delays to 2 Virgin Atlantic departures.

The Sabre airline reservation system is used by more than 300 airlines at 100 airports around the world.

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