Power Outage at Atlanta’s Airport Results in Thousands of Cancelled Flights

By Anna Breuer on 17 December 2017
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IMG_4579 (1)A power outage Sunday afternoon left thousands of passengers stranded in the dark at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, and resulted in the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights.

“A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATLofficials are working to remedy the situation,” the airport said in a tweet. The airport urged passengers to follow their individual airlines’ social media channels for flight information.

Some passengers were unable to disembark their aircraft, while flights arriving from other countries were being diverted.

An evacuation is currently underway and many parts of the airport were pitch black, causing passengers to rely on their mobile phones for illumination. The local power utility, Georgia Power, said it was investigating the cause of the outage and has repair teams on the scene.

One passenger whose travel was impacted by the outage told Frequent Business Traveler that he left the airport mid-afternoon after his original flight for Sunday morning as well as his rescheduled flight for Monday were both cancelled, adding that he had seen people camping out waiting for rental cars.

United, American, and Southwest airlines all cancelled operations at the airport for the remainder of the day, while Delta, which operates its largest hub there, cancelled over 900 flights and diverted 48 inbound flights to other airports.

The impact of the outage was not limited to the Atlanta airport. The FAA ordered a nationwide ground stop for flights into the airport, which means that all flights destined for Atlanta were being held at the originating airport.

By 7 p.m. local time, power had been restored to one concourse and officials at the airport said that full power

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