News ID: 206419
Published: 0939 GMT December 18, 2017

Atlanta chaos: More than 1,000 flights cancelled as blackout hits world's busiest airport

Atlanta chaos: More than 1,000 flights cancelled as blackout hits world's busiest airport
JUSTIN L/INSTAGRAM

A sudden power outage brought the world’s busiest airport to a standstill on Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in the US just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.

Passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out at about 1:00 p.m. All outgoing flights were halted, and arriving planes were held at point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said, theguardian.com reported.

The airport said a fire had caused ‘extensive damage’ to the complex’s electrical systems. Fire crews doused the flames and repair crews from Georgia Power managed to restore power to all areas after about 11 hours but the incident is expected to wreak havoc on the holiday travel plans of thousands. The cause of the outage is unknown and Georgia Power said such outages were ‘very rare.’

Delta, with its biggest hub operation in Atlanta, was the airline hardest hit. By evening, it had already cancelled 900 Sunday flights and another 300 on Monday, nearly all of them in Atlanta, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

   
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