Atlanta, the world's busiest airport suffers major Blacout
The world's busiest airport suffered a major energy blackout that left hundreds of flight cancelled.
A complete ground stop at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) was issued by the FAA, grounding all departing, and diverting all incoming flights - causing major chaos to Delta Air Lines' biggest operation.
According to the airline, the power outage forced the cancellation of over 900 mainline and Delta Connection flights. The carrier said that more than 50 flights had been diverted to alternate nearby airports.
Southwest Airlines was forced to cancel about 70 departures out of 120, according to spokesman Brian Parrish. And other airlines with smaller operations, like American Airlines, canceled 24 flights into and out of the airport.
The power fault occurred past noontime on Sunday. Even though the cause is still unknown, a massive fire in the system's underground tunnels affected the airport's electric infrastructure, shutting down all its terminals for the rest of the day.
"The FAA tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working," the FAA said in a public statement.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said that the fire broke out at a Georgia Power underground electrical facility, damaging two substations, as well as the backup system.
Atlanta's Airport, consolidating as the number-one in the globe operates every day with at least 2,500 aircraft movements.
About seven hours after the blackout, power was restored at the airport's newest Concourse F.
One hour before midnight, Georgia Power released a statement that it was still working closely with ATL to restore power.
This hasn't been a good year for Delta in terms of operations. In January, the airline suffered a second IT meltdown, only six months after a more widespread, multi-day outage that, in August 2016, cost the company nearly $100 million. That situation alone forced the airline to cancel 2,300 flights over three days.
And only three months ago, in September, it was forced to cancel over 800 flights as Hurricane Irma flew by the metro area of 5.7 million people after wreaking havoc on the state of Florida.
At 11:20PM, power had been restored to the airport's main atrium, as well as in concourses T, A, B, and F.