Airlines inch back to normalcy after airport blackout

Danny Woods
January 18, 2018

"We did experience a total loss of our electric feed in 2003 - it was August 14, 2003, during the East Coast blackout - and our emergency generators were activated, and our normal operations continued", said airport spokesman Doug Myers. Early indications are that the outage was caused by a fire that took out both the main power system and the backup systems, resulting in more than 1,000 canceled flights.

Delta Airlines and other carriers say they expect to operate out of the airport normally by Tuesday.

Mayor Kasim Reed has said the outage started with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility.

Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta, an airline based out of the airport, says he is shocked it took almost 12 hours for power to be restored. "What if the massive power outage that disrupted the world's busiest airport happened in Erie?"

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The airport on Monday publicized a list of hotels which had availability as airlines worked to rebook passengers and return to normal operations. Almost 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day, according to the AP.

Greg Wright, who now works for Coweta-Fayette EMC, gave an interview while serving as president of the Coweta County Development Authority a few months ago.

Kennesaw State University officials say the power outage that struck Atlanta's airport has caused the women's basketball team to miss a tournament underway in Puerto Rico.

The AP described Hartsfield-Jackson as "a crucial cog in the nation's air travel system".

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