Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
suffered a catastrophic power outage on Sunday.
The outage is believed to have been caused by a fire at
an underground Georgia Power facility.
Power is expected to be restored by midnight local
More than 700 flights have been canceled as a result of
Flight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport have grounded to a halt after a suffering a massive power
outage around 1 pm local time on Sunday.
The bustling airport that handles an average of more than 280,000
travelers a day has been plunged into pitch black darkness.
Footage captured by WSB-TV in Atlanta show airport
officials making their way through darkened terminal buildings
with only flashlights to guide them.
Georgia Power, the airport’s utility provider, is on the scene
and working to restore power by midnight tonight, the company
said in a statement.
The company believes the outage was the result of a fire that
caused extensive damage to one of its underground electrical
facilities. No employees or passengers were in danger at any
time, Georgia Power said.
Consequently, the Federal Aviation Administration has
issued a ground stop for all aircraft bound for Atlanta. This
means that planes headed for the airport will be held at their
point of origination. While the control tower in Atlanta is
operational, departing flights are delayed due to the power
outage in the terminal, the FAA said in a statement.
Flights already en route to Atlanta has been diverted to
Delta Air Lines has, thus far, canceled more than 450 flights as
a result of the outage and is working to deplane those stuck on
board its aircraft at the airport. Atlanta is Delta’s home base
from which it operates more than 1,000 departures a day to more
than 200 destinations.
In a statement, the airline said:
“A power outage at the Atlanta Airport affecting all
concourses and terminal buildings started at approximately 1 p.m.
ET Sunday and is ongoing. Due to the power outage, more than 450
Delta mainline and regional flights have been canceled today. A
ground stop is in effect for all flights into the airport,
resulting in flight diversions. Delta is working to deplane
customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at a gate
due to the outage.
Delta customers are encouraged to check the status of their
flight via the Fly Delta mobile app or delta.com before heading
to the airport. A travel waiver has been issued for Delta
customers flying to, from or through Atlanta allowing customers
to make one-time changes to their travel plans. Details are
available at delta.com.”
Southwest, Atlanta’s second largest tenant, has canceled all of
its remaining flights into and out of the airport on Sunday.
American, United, and JetBlue have also canceled all inbound and
outbound Atlanta flights, WSB-TV reported.
According to Flightaware.com, a total of 776
flights to or from Atlanta have been canceled today with another
525 flights delayed more than 15 minutes.
Here’s what it looks like at the airport: