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Canada’s busiest airport is advising passengers travelling to the United States to check their flight status before heading to the airport after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration experienced a system outage.

Toronto Pearson International Airport gave the notice to travellers on its official Twitter account on the morning of Jan. 10.

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The affected system alerts pilots of closed runways, equipment outages and other potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the flight.

The FAA at 6:29 a.m. said it was working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System and that .operations across the U.S. national airspace system were affected.

Before 7:00 a.m., the agency said some functions were beginning to come back online, although airspace system operations remain limited. It said all flights currently in the sky were safe to land.

At 9 a.m. U.S. flights were slowly beginning to resume departures and a ground stop was lifted.

U.S. press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said there’s currently no evidence of a cyberattack but a full investigation into the causes of the outage will be conducted.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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