ATLANTA – Power has been restored at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia in the last few hours after an outage led to the cancellation of several flights and left thousands stranded.
The blackout ended at 11:30 pm on Sunday night after over nine hours without power in the world’s busiest airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration, which had issued a “ground stop” for all flights to Atlanta, said on Twitter early Monday that the “airport is open and accepting general aviation and cargo operations” and that the “air traffic controllers also will be ready to handle commercial flights as soon as they resume.”
The disruption, which affected all operations of the airport, began with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said.
Reed explained that the fire’s intensity damaged two substations serving the airport, including the airport’s “redundant system” that should have provided backup power, according to CNN.
“We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away,” Reed said at a press conference.
An average of 275,000 passengers pass through the airport daily, with almost 2,500 flights arriving and departing, which Sunday had to be diverted to other airports, according to the authorities.