Atlanta Airport Loses Power, Evacuation Underway

  • Atlanta Airport Loses Power, Evacuation Underway

Atlanta Airport Loses Power, Evacuation Underway

Electric utility Georgia Power said it is aware of the situation and crews are working to determine the cause.

The outage, which ended at about 11:45 p.m. ET when power was restored, led to 1,180 flight cancellations, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware.

Delta said customers flying to, from or through Atlanta through Tuesday can make a one-time change to their travel plans for free. The blackout forced airlines to either cancel flights altogether or divert them.

According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility may have failed, causing the fire.

The hours-long power outage at the Atlanta airport caused bedlam during the busy holiday travel season on Sunday, with the Federal Aviation Administration suspending incoming flights.

TSA officers began screening passengers to resume boarding again when the checkpoints opened at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Power was restored around midnight, but the effects are still trickling down.

All outgoing flights were halted and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure.

Other airlines also cancelled flights for the rest of Sunday.

Delta Airlines had to cancel 300 flights alone from its largest hub in Atlanta. "We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center)". That fire which has reportedly been extinguished, the airport added.

Grasso was planning to connect through Atlanta on her way to NY.

Power was lost in the entire airport, Delta Airlines confirmed on Twitter.

Some passengers were removed from planes on the tarmac via portable staircases.

It is not known how many flights may be affected.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport sends jets to 150 domestic destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries.