A Delta Airlines jetliner. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
A Delta Air Lines jetliner. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Updated at 11:40 a.m. Aug. 8, 2016

Delta Air Lines flights into and out of San Diego Monday were subject to delays due to a power outage in Atlanta that wreaked havoc with the carrier’s computer systems.

A statement on the airline’s website said the overnight outage had “impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays.”

As of  late morning, Delta’s Twitter account said “systems are improving and flights are resuming” but cancellations or delays were continuing.

As of about 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, 427 of the airline’s 6,000 scheduled flights worldwide had been canceled.

Around two dozen morning and early afternoon flights into or out of Lindbergh Field in San Diego were delayed, according to flight status information on the airport’s website. However, later flights shown to be arriving or departing on time may also be delayed or canceled.

“I apologize for the challenges this has created for you with your travel experience,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a video posted online.

“The Delta team is working very, very hard to restore and get these systems back as quickly as possible,” Bastian said. “For those of you who have been inconvenienced and need to access and make changes to your travel plans, we have instituted system-wide (fee) waivers, and you can access those through either Delta.com or by talking to any of our reservation agents.”

The airline also said there may be some lag time in the display of accurate flight status at Delta.com, the Fly Delta App and from Delta representatives on the phone and in airport.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.