CNN PRODUCER NOTE A power outage at Navitaire’s facility in Minneapolis is impacting numerous airlines and flights in North America. Navitaire is a reservation technology company that counts for more than 60 airlines as customers. While it is unclear how many airlines have been affected or how many flights have been canceled, the major ones in North America appear to be AirTran, Spirit, and Toronto-based Porter Airlines. Joe Garcia told me, 'We were just given hotel rooms for the night. It's a security issue. They claim its a lightning strike that knocked their system down nationwide. They couldn't issue new boarding passes or clear anyone. Flights left delayed but only with people that had pre-printed boarding passes. They won't make any guarantees that the system will be up tomorrow.'
Air Tran's spokesman told CNN, 'A power outage earlier today at our vendor’s data facility that manages our airport computer systems is causing us to process Customers manually at the airport for AirTran’s operations. The power at the facility has been restored, and we are told that the AirTran system should be fully restored in the next 90 minutes, or 9:30 pm CDT. We sincerely apologize to all of our Customers impacted by this outage. Of course, we’ll do our best to minimize delays and accommodate impacted Customers as quickly as possible.'
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer