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Hartsfield-Jackson Power Restored After Blackout Disrupts Travel

Hartsfield-Jackson Power Restored After Blackout Disrupts Travel

In this April 14, 2015, file photo, Delta Air Lines passengers watch as a Delta plane taxis at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 09:43 AM

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's power has been restored but the aftermath of a blackout Sunday can still be felt by travelers across the U.S.

The power outage was the result of a fire in an underground electrical facility, which brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill on Sunday, just days before Christmas, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.

Over 1 000 flights were canceled to and from the airport on Sunday, CNN reported, and the standstill has rippled beyond Atlanta.

"There's a lot of other issues downstream to all other airports, where flights should be arriving and departing, connecting to Atlanta, that are going to be disrupted as well. So we're talking possibly millions of people disrupted over the next few days and it is certainly not going to be fixed in one day," said Desmond Ross, principal of DRA Professional Aviation Services, per CNN.

Delta Air Lines, Atlanta's biggest hub operation, took the hardest hit having already canceled nearly 1,000 flights on Sunday and another 300 on Monday, according to a statement.

http://news.delta.com/5-things-know-about-delta-s-atlanta-operation-today

Southwest Airlines announced that "all remaining operations" had to be canceled for the day, Fox News said, while American Airlines was forced to cancel almost 50 departures and arrivals, and divert three planes to Dallas, Nashville and back to Philadelphia, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

USA Today noted that, at Detroit Metro, over 60 flights scheduled for arrival and departure on Sunday afternoon and evening were cancelled while hundreds of grounded passengers in North Texas were desperately trying to find another flight or hotel room.

Disgruntled passengers took to social media to vent their frustrations.

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