Several airlines canceled flights on Sunday after an airport-wide power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta but service has been restored and operations have resumed.
Power was restored to the facility around 11:45 p.m.
Although a definitive cause has not been established, according to Georgia Power officials, a piece of switchgear located in an underground electrical facility could have failed and started a fire.
The fire was safely extinguished by fire crews before Georgia Power could enter the area to assess damage and begin repairs. In addition to the fire, responding crews faced hazardous fumes and smoke which had to fully clear prior to beginning restoration work.
As for the airlines, Delta has issued travel waivers to customers flying to, from or through Atlanta. The airline says they canceled approximately 900 mainline and Delta Connection flights and diverted 48 flights to alternate airports Sunday. The anticipate a near-full schedule Monday in Atlanta, though some delays and cancellations can be expected during the early morning hours. Delta's flight schedule is expected to return to normal by Monday afternoon, however, the airline says it has temporarily embargoed travel for unaccompanied minors.
Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference Sunday evening where he stated a Georgia International Convention Center has been mobilized. It can accommodate between 8,000 and 10,000 individuals.
According to Flightware.com, the power outage has caused the following:
Total delays today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 580
Total delays within, into, or out of the United States today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 580
Total cancellations today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 619
Total cancellations within, into, or out of the United States today at Hartsfield-Jackson Intl: 619
As for the weather, a dense fog advisory remains in effect for much of west Georgia and metro Atlanta until 11 a.m.