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Power line problem causes outage at Albuquerque airport

March 23, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico utility said a problem with an underground line caused a power outage in Albuquerque on Saturday, delaying flights and creating long wait times for passengers.

Albuquerque International Sunport spokeswoman Stephanie Kitts said passengers began making their way through security checkpoints after power was restored around 8:30 a.m.

Kitts told the Albuquerque Journal that the outage began around 3:30 a.m.

During the outage, many travelers sat in the main lobby as they waited for updates.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico later said it had identified the problem with the line and that repairs were underway.

After power was restored, Mayor Tim Keller said on Twitter that officials “still expect significant arrivals and delays” and airport officials advised passengers to check with airlines for updated flight information.