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Computer glitch blamed for Allegiant Air delays

A systemwide failure of Allegiant Air's computer system caused flight delays Friday.

At St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, where the airline is the largest provider of flights, the system failure was reported just before 8 a.m., spokeswoman Michele Routh said.

It was expected to cause a domino-effect delay in most of the 16 arriving and 16 departing flights from the airport today.

"Everybody's going to be delayed systemwide," Routh said.

But by 11 a.m., the departures board at the airport read "on time" for every flight, and even those waiting for loved ones to arrive on incoming flights reported extra wait times of only 15 to 20 minutes.

A few early-morning flights also squeezed out before computers went down, Routh said.

Routh said airport staff distributed "Travel Is Fun" books to children waiting in the airport.

"People have been very, very nice and understanding," Routh said.

The airline's website remained unavailable Friday afternoon.

Computer glitch blamed for Allegiant Air delays 07/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:35pm]
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