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Flights Back To Normal At BWI After FAA Facility Evacuation Prompts Delays

Flights Back To Normal At BWI After FAA Facility Evacuation Prompts Delays

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were all impacted, with flights halted for several hours.

"I just looked at the thing and it said it was canceled, so I went to the desk and they said, 'Just wait until tomorrow morning, '" said Lydia Martin, a stranded passenger.

Washington-area airports were working to normalize operations today after an outage at the FAA's Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDC) in Leesburg, Virginia, forced lengthy delays and traffic disruption throughout the region.

Service was restored at the air traffic control center around 9:30 p.m. last night, says Andrew Trull, a spokesperson with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The control room was evacuated and airborne flights were handed off to air traffic control facilities elsewhere.

The FAA said the facility where the incident happened handles high altitude flights over the area. "We will update the statement when we get new information". BWI Marshall added American Airlines would cancel any flights that "are not now airborne".

As a result, Richmond International Airport has issued "ground stops for departures as well as for arrivals except those coming from the south".