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Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Airlines caught up in global IT outage






US airlines were among a number of major businesses hit by another global IT outage.


United Airlines, Delta American and Southwest Airlines suffered technical issues following an issue with the web services company Akamai.


The airlines suffered short outages but didn't significantly impact their flight operations on Thursday. as it took place overnight US time.


It was an added complication for Southwest Airlines, whose passengers had suffered a couple of days of disruptions due to an unrelated IT glitch.


"Our website and other internet-based tools are back up and running after a brief outage. We are continuing to look into the root cause of last night's outage but it's believed to be related to the broad Akamai outage," Southwest said.


Akamai provides one of the world's largest content delivery networks.


The outages stretched to Australia where airline Virgin Australia was also caught up in the outage as well as several Australian banks and the Australia postal service.


The airlines said they experienced an outage of about one hour.


A similar outage at rival content delivery network Fastly Inc affected a number of companies last week.


 

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