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Holiday travel ramps up at DIA amid Atlanta outage

Holiday travel ramps up at DIA amid Atlanta outage

Holiday travel ramps up at DIA amid Atlanta outage

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DAL) said it canceled more than 900 mainline and regional flights due to the outage and diverted 48 flights to other airports.

Power has been fully restored to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after almost a day with no electricity, the Associated Press reports, but even with the power restored, the massive outage will continue to affect Monday flights.

The outage caused by a fire that damaged electrical equipment brought the airport to a standstill Sunday.

Georgia Power had announced at 6:30 p.m. that it expected to have power restored to the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by midnight Sunday, according to a tweet from the City of Atlanta.

Power finally restored at nation's busiest airport after hours-long blackout " We were actually shocked", said Karen Iberte from Georgia. Travelers at OIA and Tampa's airport were affected because Atlanta is a major hub for airlines.

The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance.

Delta continues to deplane the remaining customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at terminal gates that require power to operate. "We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger, and we're doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away". The airline also encouraged travelers not to pick up their bags on Monday because of anticipated congestion at the airport.

Some passengers told CNN that airport and airline staff offered no updates as hours passed, leaving people scanning their phones and tablets for information.

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The Atlanta's airport is pictured during the power outage, in Atlanta, U.S., December 17, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Sunday he's spending an unexpected hotel stay in Atlanta with a rebooked flight back home tomorrow-for now, at his expense.

Mozell Smith, 58, of Atlanta arrived at the airport hours after the electricity went off.

Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem. The utility said that there are "many redundant systems in place" to ensure the power supply to the airport and that such outages at the airport "are very rare".

Officials said only that a large portion of the airport had been impacted. At one point, the crew said 92 planes were stuck on the tarmac, Klein said.

It is not known how many flights may be affected.

At Southwest Airlines, about 70 Atlanta departures out of 120 scheduled for Sunday were cancelled, an airline spokesman said in an email.

Some passengers reported being stuck in airplanes on the tarmac for hours.

The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website.

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