Five Delta flights departing from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were canceled in the wake of a computer outage at the company’s Atlanta headquarters Monday, airport spokeswoman Lori Lynah said.
Another 11 departing Delta flights were delayed.
The computer system failure prompted the world’s second largest airline to issue a ground stop early Monday morning. The airline suspended the ground stop around 8:40 a.m., but travelers worldwide experienced flight cancellations and delays.
Three- or four-hour delays were not uncommon at the Savannah airport, Lynah said. The first flight left the airport at 10:06 a.m.
The canceled flights, three to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and two to John F. Kennedy International Airport, were not rescheduled, Lynah said.
Because the back-to-school season is near, airport travel was not as busy as it was during the peak summer vacation period in July, she said, so passengers on the canceled flights could be put on other ones.
Travelers flying Tuesday can check their flight status at savannahairport.com, but there might be a lag time in displaying accurate flight times, Lynah said. Still, she said it is important for travelers to arrive two hours before their scheduled flight time.
“Delta is doing everything they can to catch up (on delayed flights) overnight,” she said.
Waivers to cancel or change flights without penalty can be obtained from delta.com.
Delta does not fly into Hilton Head Island Airport.