The busiest airport in the world recovers slowly.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest in the world and serves as a hub for airlines such as Delta, GeorgiaSkies and Southwest Airlines.
On Sunday, an electrical blackout began around 1:00 pm local time and extended until 11:30 pm, causing numerous inconveniences such as more than 1000 flights canceled and others with delays.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a “ground stop” order for all flights to Atlanta, so numerous flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport did not take off directly from the cities of origin and many others were diverted to alternative airports.
The blackout was caused by a fire in an underground electrical installation of Georgia Power. The severity of the fire was such that it damaged two substations at the airport including the redundant electrical system that should have provided backup power.
Many passengers complained about the awkward situation they had to live, especially due to lack of help for the disabled and elderly to move around the airport when the elevators and escalators stopped working.
“We certainly understand that the disruption has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything we can to get people home immediately,” said Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta.
The airline Delta, which owns its base in this airport, was one of the most affected, having to cancel almost 900 flights on Sunday and about 300 on Monday.
Electricity returned at 11:30 pm and Georgia Power reported on its Twitter account: “Electricity has been restored. More than 5,000 meals have been served to the passengers. The trains will be operational soon. ”
Finally, the train service resumed at 10:15 local time today and it is expected that the air situation will normalize during the rest of the day. It is recommended that passengers with flights to or from Atlanta keep in contact with their airlines.