Orlando International Airport’s shuttle is back in service following a three-hour shutdown, which caused more than 300 passengers to miss flights and delayed thousands.

Buses were used to shuttle passengers and walkways opened so travelers could get to gates 30 through 59, which were affected after a new tram broke down.

“All efforts are being made to resume normal operations,” according to the airport’s Twitter account, which posted the initial problem at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The shuttle resumed service at 12:40 p.m.

Airlines affected include United, American and Spirit, officials said. About 7,000 passengers were impacted.

The Automated People Mover (APM) system that shuttles passengers between the main terminal and Gates 1-59 is under renovation as part of airport’s $3.1 billion capital improvement program. The shuttle that broke down was recently installed.

Ironically, the airport started the morning with the tweet, “Another beautiful day to fly…”

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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