US airlines hit by system-wide outages

Southwest Airlines said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved and that systems would be back up soon. (AFP)
Updated 01 April 2019
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US airlines hit by system-wide outages

  • Southwest Airlines Co. said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved
  • The No. 1 US carrier American Airlines said the outage was affecting regional carriers nationwide

US airlines were hit by system-wide computer outages on Monday related to problems with the Aerodata planning weight and balance program, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
After reporting problems along with several major peers, however, Southwest Airlines Co. said on Twitter that it had received word that the problem had already been resolved and that systems would be back up soon.
Earlier, carriers had reported problems through their social media accounts, with United Airlines saying it was unable to create paperwork as a result.
The No. 1 US carrier American Airlines said the outage was affecting regional carriers nationwide.
Canada’s Alaska Air Group Inc. also said on its social media account that it was experiencing a system-wide outage.


Egyptian economy on right track after 5.6% growth in 2018-2019: prime minister

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Egyptian economy on right track after 5.6% growth in 2018-2019: prime minister

  • Egypt is emerging from a three-year economic reform program tied to a $12 billion loan from the IMF
  • Egypt has been praised by international lenders for swift reforms implemented since 2016
CAIRO: Egypt’s economy grew 5.6 percent in the 2018/19 fiscal year and is “on the right track” as it completes IMF-backed reforms, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli said on Wednesday.
The budget deficit came in at 8.2 percent of GDP, he said, which was slightly below an official forecast of 8.4 percent.
Egypt is emerging from a three-year economic reform program tied to a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
Madbouli said Egypt’s primary surplus stood at 2 percent for the fiscal year, which ended in June, and also pointed to a recent drop in inflation as positive signs. Economic growth was up from 5.3 percent in 2017/18 and in line with a government forecast.
“At the same time, it induces us to complete the implementation of reforms and the efforts exerted to achieve the targets for the new fiscal year,” Madbouli said in a statement said.
Egypt has been praised by international lenders for swift reforms implemented since 2016, though austerity measures and inflation have left many Egyptians struggling to get by.
The reforms included a sharp devaluation of the currency, the introduction of value-added tax and the elimination of subsidies on most fuel products.
Headline annual inflation dropped to 9.4 percent in June from 14.1 percent the previous month, though it is expected to rise over the rest of the summer as the impact of the latest round of fuel subsidy cuts kicks in.