The Latest: City to shuttle passengers to convention center
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (all times local):
The City of Atlanta is providing a place to stay for passengers stranded by the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The city tweeted on Sunday night that it has mobilized the Georgia International Convention Center and will provide shuttle services for anyone in need of a place to stay. It also said that Chick-fil-A will be providing food for passengers.
The world’s busiest airport lost power earlier in the day, halting all incoming and outgoing flights and leaving thousands stranded.
Georgia Power had said in a statement that a fire caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility, impacting substations serving the airport. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The mayor of Atlanta says all passengers have been safely deplaned at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Mayor Kasim Reed posted a message on his twitter account Sunday evening after the world’s busiest airport lost power earlier in the day, halting all incoming and outgoing flights.
Georgia Power had said in a statement earlier in the day that a fire caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility, impacting substations serving the airport. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Officials say power has been restored to at least one concourse at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
On its Twitter page Sunday night the airport tweeted, “Power on Concourse F is back ON! We are working with great urgency w/ @GeorgiaPower to restore power throughout rest of airport.”
Power had been out at the airport since about 1 p.m. All flights coming into and going out of the world’s busiest airport were halted.
Georgia Power said in a statement Sunday that a fire caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility, impacting substations serving the airport. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Georgia Power says that it expects power to be restored at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight.
In a news release Sunday evening, the utility said the “the issue may have involved a fire which caused extensive damage in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility.” The cause of the fire was not known, the statement says, but it impacted underground facilities and substations serving the airport.
Georgia Power spokeswoman Holly Crawford had said earlier that only the airport had been affected by the outage.
All incoming and outgoing flights at the airport have been halted since early Sunday afternoon.
Airports in Chicago are among those affected by a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Dozens of Atlanta flights to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport were listed as cancelled heading into the evening.
Chicago and Atlanta are two of the busiest airports in the U.S.
Information posted on the website of the Chicago aviation department said 25 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare and 13 at Midway. It didn’t say if all those flights were cancelled because of what’s happening in Atlanta.
The aviation department also said average delays at both O’Hare and Midway were about 15 minutes — though it didn’t say if there was a direct link to the problems in Atlanta and the delays in Chicago.
Authorities say a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has caused flights to be suspended.
Airport spokesman Reese McCraine says the outage occurred early Sunday afternoon. He says all airport operations are being affected and that outgoing flights were halted.
McCraine says some incoming flights are being diverted to other airports in the region. He says the airport is working quickly to fix the issue.
McCraine says the cause of the outage is unknown. Georgia Power said it was working to find out the cause and restore electricity.