Power outage paralyzes world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson

Power outage at Atlanta airport the world's busiest grounds hundreds of flights
Power outage cripples Atlanta airport for hours

19 December, 2017

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.

The airline canceled 400 flights system-wide on Monday, mostly because pilots and airplanes weren't in the right places to make all of the runs. His Delta flight home to Atlanta for the holidays was stuck on the airport's tarmac at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Officials are advising travelers to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

Heidi Harrington, right, and her son Dillon waited to check in for their flight to NY in a darkened terminal at the Atlanta Airport.

The outage impacted passengers trying to get back to North Carolina as well.

The outage, which affected all airport operations, started with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said. Flights were grounded shortly after the airport lost electricity at 1 p.m. ET. As soon as the scene cooled, they (Georgia Power) got to working.

Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem. "So we're talking possibly millions of people disrupted over the next few days and it is certainly not going to be fixed in one day", he said.

The Atlanta's airport is pictured during the power outage, in Atlanta, U.S., December 17, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. The airline also diverted three planes that were headed to Atlanta when the outage struck, sending them instead to Dallas, Nashville and back to Philadelphia. Airport officials urge Monday passengers to call their airlines ahead of time to ensure their flight is still on schedule. Worldwide flights are being diverted to other airports, US Customs and Border Protection said.

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CNN reported all flights out of Atlanta have been canceled for Sunday and all arrivals have been halted.

More details about the Atlanta airport outage can be found here. That brought the airport to a standstill and grounded more than a thousand flights.

"When the power goes out in one of the world's biggest airports. yikes!" At one point, there were at least 40 planes stuck on the runway and tarmac.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines canceled all remaining flights Sunday due to the power outage.

American Airlines reported only a handful of diversions and cancellations because the carrier does not use Atlanta as a hub, airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello.

DENVER -A power outage at the world's busiest airport is impacting travel at Denver International Airport just as the Christmas travel rush begins to ramp up.

The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website.

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