UPDATE | Power restored at Atlanta airport, inbound early morning flights cancelled

Published: Dec. 17, 2017 at 3:38 PM EST
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Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m.

Officials at the Atlanta airport say power was restored at midnight early Monday morning.

Sunday's power outage still has lingering effects. According to Delta, they have cancelled 300 early morning flights on Monday to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Georgia Power says a fire in an underground electrical facility may have caused the outage.

This morning, officials with the Augusta Regional Airport are asking Delta passengers to check with the airline for their flight status.

As of 6:30 Monday morning, two Delta departures to Atlanta have been cancelled. Flights at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

You can check flights at Augusta Regional

UPDATE 10:14 p.m.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says all planes at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson have been de-planed.

The City of Atlanta has opened up the Georgia International Convention Center as a shelter for people who have been stranded tonight.

Chick-fil-A will also be providing food for passengers.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says officers are on duty at the airport clearing International Passengers in the F-Concourse. Power has been returned to that area. In the mean time other flights that were supposed to land in Atlanta are being diverted to other airports.

The Augusta Regional Airport says no flights have been diverted there as of now.

Airlines are cancelling more flights ahead of Monday. Delta Airlines tweeted it has cancelled around 900 flights so far. The airline says it expects around 300 flights will be cancelled for Monday.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m.

Power is back on for one concourse of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

According to the website Flight Finder, 684 flights have been cancelled at the Atlanta airport today. 473 flights were cancelled going into the airport.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.

Georgia Power says it expects to have power restored to the Atlanta airport by midnight tonight.

Georgia Power says it believes the power outage at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport was caused by a fire that caused extensive damage to an underground electrical facility.

A release from the company says the fire had to be put out before crews could assess the damage and start making repairs. The fire affected the underground facility and substations serving the airport.

Georgia Power crews isolated the areas where the equipment was not working correctly and try and minimize the damage. No one was in any danger at the time. The cause of the fire is not known.

In the mean time, Georgia power is working with staff at the Atlanta airport to try and restore the power. Crews are assessing the situation and repairing the damage.

The release also said: "Georgia Power has many redundant systems in place to ensure reliability for the Airport and its millions of travelers - power outages affecting the Airport are very rare."

All flights out of the Augusta Regional Airport going to Atlanta tonight have been cancelled at this time.


UPDATE 4:47 p.m.

Southwest Airlines tweeted they are cancelling their remaining operations for the day.

Travelers can rebook their tickets or travel standby within two weeks of their travel day without paying any additional fees.

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.

Delta is issuing a travel waiver for flights affected by the power outage at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta.

The airline is offering travelers a refund for the unused part of their tickets for passengers whose flights were canceled or delayed by more than an hour and a half.

Even for people whose flights that are not canceled, passengers can change their tickets without a charge if they are traveling to or from Atlanta on Sunday or Monday, Dec. 18.

Tickets have to be reissued before Dec. 21, 2017 and the rebooked travel cannot be later than Dec. 21, 2017.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Hartsfield Jackson Airport has put out a press release about a power outage affecting flights departing and arriving at the Atlanta Airport.

The release says the power outage started at around 1:00 Sunday afternoon. Crews are unsure what caused the outage but they are working on fixing it.

The Augusta Regional Airport says two of their Delta flights have been cancelled. The major evening flights are still showing as delayed.


Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has put in a ground stop for flights heading into Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta because of a power outage.

The FAA tweeted the power outage is affecting the airport terminals. The outage is delaying departures because the airport equipment in the terminals is not working. The FAA Tower can operate normally though.

Flights going to Atlanta are being delayed from their department airport as well.

Georgia Power tweeted they are working to fix the situation.

International flights are also being diverted to nearby airports.

According to the Augusta Regional Airport website, four flights from Augusta to Atlanta are listed as delayed right now.

Five flights arriving from Atlanta are also listed as delayed.

Here is the link to check for more delays in arrivals or departures: http://www.flyags.com/Arrivals-Departures