Atlanta airport hit with more cancellations after power outage

The headache from the massive power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport carried into its second day.

Delta Air Lines grounded 300 flights, most of which were bound for Atlanta early Monday morning, the company said in a statement.

The Atlanta-based airline said the latest wave of cancellations aimed to restore order to its frazzled schedule, which the company hopes to have fixed by Monday afternoon.

It was one of the hardest-hit companies by the outage, which began at about 1 p.m. Sunday and left one of the world’s busiest airports without power for hours. Power was restored just after midnight, authorities said.

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Hartsfield-Jackson is Delta’s biggest hub, and the airline accounted for 900 of the 1,100 flights canceled after the power went out.

Getting planes off the ground could become trickier because of heavy fog blanketing Atlanta, the Federal Aviation Administration indicated.

Thousands were left stranded Sunday after a fire knocked out electricity, leaving planes full of passengers sitting on the runway.

Passengers relied on generators as the outage carried into the evening.

(Branden Camp/AP)

An airport worker was captured on Instagram video sliding down the divider between two powerless escalators while droves of travelers trekked up them. 

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Crews are looking into how a gear switch ignited a tunnel full of power cables, said Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

The calamitous fire knocked out both the main energy line as well as a backup one for the airport.

Delays carried into Monday.

Delays carried into Monday.

(Branden Camp/AP)

Bowers didn’t indicate whether the fire was set intentionally, but investigators will spend the rest of the week looking at the cause of the blaze.

“We will fix that cable this week and have all the service back to normal operations by the end of the week,” Bowers said.

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Meanwhile, passengers stuck at the airport overnight are now marred by delays and long lines.

Kara Bowling, a south Georgia resident, missed her flight to Indianapolis because throngs of people made it impossible to navigate through the airport.

“The flight is taking off,” Bowling told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We just won’t be on it.”


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