The problem is with the En Route Automation Modernization system. A week after the weather caused mass disruptions throughout the United States, the Federal Administration Aviation is dealing with a computer problem in Florida. The technical problems have led to numerous flights being postponed.
Computer problem postpones Florida flights
According to a Federal Administration Aviation spokesperson, the issue lies with the “En Route Automation Modernization” system, also known as ERAM. In March 2015, ERAM replaced the Federal Administration Aviation(FAA)’s then-forty-year-old En Route Host System.
Federal Administration Aviation
“Going forward ERAM will give benefits for users and the flying public by increasing air traffic flow and improving automated navigation and conflict detection services, both of which are vital to meeting future demand and preventing gridlock and delays.”
As a result of the system failure, many Florida flights have been postponed. Twitter user snookens5 told she was stuck in a plane for 2 hours.
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- According to Orlando International Airport and other Florida airports, there was no ground stop in effect, but that airport status/delays could be verified via the Federal Administration Aviation.
As of 12:45 PM PST, there are no active ground stops at Florida airports, but a few are still experiencing delays. FlightAware’s Misery Map shows significant delays between Miami’s 2 main airports, Miami International Airport and Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Between the 2, 80 flights have been delayed, and another four canceled.
After the fiascos surrounding Spirit Airlines merger agreements last year, a group of Florida passengers and travel agents filed a lawsuit to block the merger between JetBlue and Spirit. The group claims that if the 2 airlines merge, airfares will increase significantly out of major Florida airports like FLL and MCO, 2 markets primarily dominated by the 2 lost-cost carriers.
At FLL, Spirit now has 30% of the market share, and JetBlue has another 19%. A few routes overlap between both carriers at FLL and MCO. According to the Palm Beach Post,
“Indeed, if there is to be any restoration of competition in the airline industry, Spirit is the airline that will cause it.”Of course, JetBlue claims that merging with Spirit will further promote competition against the other major carriers in the United States.
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