Operations recovering at Atlanta airport

"First and most importantly, I want to express my honest apologies to the thousands of passengers whose day has been disrupted in this manner", Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said during a Sunday night news conference. According to the Boston Globe, at least 16 flights were canceled on Monday morning. The airline has canceled approximately 900 mainline and Delta Connection flights Sunday as a result of the outage and 48 flights have diverted to alternate airports due to a nationwide groundstop for Atlanta-bound flights. They are urging travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport today.

Atlanta is one of the busiest airports in the world and has lots of flights to and from Orlando and Tampa daily. The fire damaged backup systems, preventing them from providing power to the airport as designed.

Georgia Power restored electricity to Atlanta's worldwide airport just before midnight eastern time Sunday. She said she was rebooked on a flight for later tonight. Airlines can face fines of up to $27,500 per passenger if a domestic flight is on the tarmac longer than three hours.

At about 1:30 p.m., the airport tweeted that there was a power outage affecting "several areas" of the airport. They spent Sunday night on a carpeted floor outside an elevator and hoped to get standby status on a Monday afternoon flight.

"We'll see if the power comes on before then or not", she 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.

But what caused the power outage at the Atlanta airport?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that because of the power outage, arriving worldwide flights were diverted to other airports in the region. And, after more than six hours, power was restored to one of the airport's seven concourses.

Last spring, Delta was crippled by a storm in the South, and it took the airline five days - and about 4,000 canceled flights - before it fully recovered. By 10 p.m. Sunday, officials said all passengers had deplaned from flights that arrived just before or during the power outage.

The control tower did not lose power because it has a separate electrical feed, and planes that were in the air and close to Atlanta when the blackout hit were allowed to land. "However, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working".

There are reports from people at the airport that flights are delayed and inbound flights can not deplane due to lack of power in the jetways.

It is not known how many flights may be affected.

Southwest, American and United airlines canceled operations in and out of Atlanta for the rest of Sunday.

The airport handles some 275,000 passengers a day.

  • Angelo Rivera