MIAMI – A power outage forced authorities to halt the arrival and departure of flights at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday, leaving thousands of passengers temporarily stranded at the terminal.
Known as the airport with the highest traffic volume in the world, the Georgia transportation hub halted its operations on Sunday afternoon after electricity was lost for as yet unknown reasons, which authorities said in a statement were being investigated.
Once it was informed of the situation, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order to halt all not-yet-departed flights heading to Atlanta, meaning that they had to remain on the ground at their respective airports until a new advisory was issued.
In addition, other flights that were en route to the airport – which handles some 275,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights per day – had to be diverted to other air terminals, authorities said.
The Georgia Power electric company reported that it had deployed several teams of technicians to restore power, adding that it was working in a coordinated manner with airport personnel.
Many airlines, including Delta, which has its center of operations at the Atlanta facility, asked its passengers to review the status of their flights.
Airport authorities said on the terminal’s Twitter account that they could not confirm reports that airport workers had accidentally cut a power line, thus causing the blackout.