Airport Power Restored In Atlanta But Thousands Are Stranded

Airport Power Restored In Atlanta But Thousands Are Stranded

The airline encouraged passengers to check on the status of flights via the Fly Delta mobile app or before heading to the airport. He said it seemed there was no emergency plan. More than 1,000 flights were ground on Sunday, stranding many passengers in planes and dark terminals. "No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time", the statement said.

The nation's air-travel system was snarled after the underground blaze knocked out electricity Sunday and crippled Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for about 11 hours.

Travelers arriving in Mobile Monday morning from Atlanta were glad to be home. The fire broke out next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail.

He called the apparently accidental outage in Atlanta "a blueprint for destruction", noting the "pandemonium" and disorganization that ensued after the terminals went dark. Many travelers were stuck in grounded planes for hours.

Anthony Foxx, who served as US transportation secretary under former President Barack Obama, blasted airport officials, saying the problem was "compounded by confusion and poor communication".

"We can not operate without power to our airports".

According to the Associated Press, CEO Paul Bowers said in a phone interview Monday that a switch gear failed, causing a fire that then spread to cables coming in from two substations. He said the utility is considering a change in the setup of the main and backup systems to prevent a similar blackout.

Around noon Monday, stranded travelers who couldn't find chairs sat on the floor, charging their cellphones at the electrical outlets. An Atlanta city employee in a Santa hat gave out candy. So, despite there being 4 or so flights from Atlanta to Miami, all of them are oversold. Our operations professionals who are prepared for this kind of event, they think of things like will we be able to move passengers from a plane that can't get to a gate?

They were on their way to Buffalo to celebrate the holidays when the airport shut down. After arriving back home, Brewer said the couple rebooked their flight to Barcelona for Monday.

As of 2 p.m., one outbound flight to Atlanta was canceled and one has been delayed.

Atlanta is reopen for business, with airlines playing catch-up.

Roseberry said Delta was very helpful.

The Hartsfield-Jackson airport - serving 104 million passengers a year - is the world's busiest, a distinction it has held since 1998.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the restaurant chain served almost 2,000 meals on Sunday.

"They're studying us like a frog under the glass", Brosnan said, "they're assessing vulnerabilities at all times".