American fixes problem that grounded some flights

DALLAS – American Airlines says it has fixed a technology problem that was grounding flights to and from Dallas, Chicago and Miami today.

A spokesman says the airline doesn’t yet know the cause of the outage, which began at around noon, Eastern time, and lasted nearly two hours.

Flights on both American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, were halted.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that American Airlines planes destined for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, O’Hare Airport in Chicago and Miami International Airport were held on the ground during the outage.

American hasn’t yet said how many flights were affected.

The outage comes about a month before American is supposed to finish combining the reservations systems of American and its US Airways subsidiary and retiring the US Airways brand.

Combining technology systems is a difficult feat that has tripped up other airlines. It led to several outages at United Airlines after it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010.

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