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Power restored to ATL airport; outage continues to affect flights

Power restored to ATL airport; outage continues to affect flights

The hours-long power outage at the Atlanta airport caused bedlam during the busy holiday travel season on Sunday, with the Federal Aviation Administration suspending incoming flights.

Many people were stranded over the weekend at the world's busiest airport due to a power outage.

"Delta is aware of a power outage at the Atlanta Airport affecting airport concourses and terminal buildings", spokesman Michael Thomas told CNN.

The first flight from Atlanta since Sunday is scheduled to land at RSW at 10:29 a.m.

Atlanta's Fire Rescue reported flight, security and taxiing delays. Only a handful of flights have been canceled for Monday morning.

It has been a very hard day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.

The Atlanta airport lost power Sunday across concourses and terminals affecting all airlines.

According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility may have failed, causing the fire.

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Frontier: A Frontier spokesman said agents will be calling passengers to give them an option to pick up their luggage at the airport or having their bags shipped to them.

Other airlines also cancelled flights for the rest of Sunday.

Some passengers were removed from planes on the tarmac via portable staircases.

At a media briefing Sunday night, Reed confirmed the outage was a result of a rare electrical fire in an underground Georgia Power substation at 1:06 p.m.

Some passengers reported being stuck in airplanes for around three hours.

Officer Lisa Bender of the Atlanta Police Department said officers were at the airport to help with crowd control and managing traffic around the airport. "So obviously, there was no early morning departure to Atlanta".

According to the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson serves approximately 275,000 passengers and averages 2,500 flight arrivals and departures every day.