Published: Tue, December 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

It was dark - really dark - at the Atlanta airport during the blackout

It was dark - really dark - at the Atlanta airport during the blackout

The sudden power outage caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility brought Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to a standstill at about 1 p.m. Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.

A spokesman for Delta Air Lines says the majority of passengers stranded at the Atlanta airport that lost power have been booked on other flights that will leave Monday. Worldwide flights are being diverted to other airports. In rare cases, some passengers won't arrive until Thursday, he said. She said restaurants and shops were closed. They are urging travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport today.

At Southwest Airlines, about 70 Atlanta departures out of 120 scheduled for Sunday were canceled, an airline spokesman said in an email.

"We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away", Reed said at a Sunday night news conference. The fire caused a number of faults with Georgia Power's systems at the airport, the company said.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is the hardest hit airline. Other incoming flights were diverted, and outgoing flights were halted.

A former U.S. transportation secretary was among the travelers stuck on a plane during the outage. He blasted airport officials, saying the problem was "compounded by confusion and poor communication".

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Updated information on the ATL power outage. The cause of that fire remains under investigation, but Georgia Power says equipment failure may be to blame. An Atlanta city employee in a Santa hat gave out candy. Planes also were not departing the airport. Iberte and Heather Joestings, who is also from Georgia, were two hours into their a flight from Rhode Island to Atlanta, when their plane diverted to RDU Sunday afternoon.

"Delta has been pretty good", David Carden said, counting themselves luckier than passengers who spent the night in an airport. As soon as the scene cooled, they (Georgia Power) got to working.

"This is awful. I wish someone would've given us a heads-up before we got to the airport", he said. At least ten flights were listed as canceled Monday morning. Travelers at OIA and Tampa's airport were affected because Atlanta is a major hub for airlines.

Almost 1,000 flights in and out of Atlanta, a major hub in the USA system, were canceled Sunday, according to a flight-tracking website. "We then got Concourse F up and running".

The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. The airport handles around 2,500 arrivals and departures, according to the airport's figures. "Most people are, at this point, taking this lightly, but some are aggravated".

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