Paris flights to North America delayed as US aviation safety system crashes: Update

AP - Christophe Ena

Paris' international airports have experienced flight delays due to a US Federal Aviation Administration system failure that has affected international flights into North America. Latest reports say air traffic to the US is slowly returning to normal.

UPDATE 17h00 UT:

US flights are slowly resuming departures and a ground stop was lifted after the Federal Aviation Administration scrambled to fix an overnight system failure that had forced a halt to all departing flights.

More than 6,000 flights were delayed and nearly 1,000 canceled according to the FlightAware website.

FAA officials say it will take hours to recover from the grounding and the numbers are still rising.

The cause of the problem with the NOTAM pilot-alerting system, which delayed thousands of flights over North America remains unclear, but US officials say they have so far found no evidence of a cyberattack.

Delays in outbound flights from Paris

Earlier this Wednesday, a spokesperson for Aeroports de Paris announced, "We have been informed of a technical incident. At this stage there have been no flight cancellations but some delays are to be expected.

ADP operates Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly international airports in the French capital.

Meanwhile, Air France said the airline is currently operating its flight schedule to and from the United States as normal, but continues to monitor the situation closely.

The FAA said it had ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 1400 UT to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information.

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