CINCINNATI – A glitch in Allegiant Air’s computer system caused delays around the nation Friday, including Cincinnati.
Flight 621 from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Orlando Sanford International Airport was scheduled to take off at 12:45 p.m. but was delayed until 3:30 p.m. due to the glitch.
Passengers of the flight sent WCPO photos of long lines outside the boarding gate more than an hour and a half after the flight was scheduled to depart.
Allegiant Air officials said their system went down at about 8:25 a.m., and the outage is expected to affect the carrier's flights across the nation for most of the day, according to USA Today .
“We are currently experiencing internal computer issues which are affecting operations across the network," Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard said in a statement to USA Today. "Our team is currently working aggressively to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience, and appreciate their patience.”
The discount airline began flights at CVG in February with two Florida destinations.
Since beginning services in Cincinnati, Allegiant added flights to St. Petersburg, Fla., Sanford, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. On Tuesday, the airline announced it will begin flights to Phoenix, Arizona and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. beginning in October.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant was founded in 1997 and is known for its cheap fares from smaller markets to vacation destinations in Florida, California and Las Vegas.