'The most Atlanta thing since Atlanta Atlanted': Twitter reacts to airport outage

Breaking: power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson causes ground stop

Breaking: power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson causes ground stop

A giant power outage that shut down services at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday extended into several hours, with flights grounded.

Pending full resumption of power, Delta anticipates a near-full schedule Monday in Atlanta, though some delays and cancellations can be expected.

Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former American Airlines executive, said Delta would likely have to wait until today for its operations in Atlanta to return to normal.

Some flights diverted from their Atlanta destination on Sunday to Detroit.

Officials said only that a large portion of the airport had been impacted.

Power at the airport was fully restored on Monday. He said it's unknown how the fire was started but there is no evidence to suggest it was caused deliberately.

"Just exhausted and ready to get to a hotel room because I know I'm not going anywhere tonight", Jones explained.

"When the power goes out in one of the world's biggest airports. yikes!"

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

Reed also apologized to the passengers affected by the outage during a news conference. They spent Sunday night on a carpeted floor outside an elevator and hoped to get standby status on a Monday afternoon flight. Sunday he's spending an unexpected hotel stay in Atlanta with a rebooked flight back home tomorrow-for now, at his expense.

The power failure at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in the early afternoon left passengers in the dark.

According to reports the power outage caused almost 700 flights to be canceled and over 500 were delayed. CNN also reported one concourse was evacuated due to what was described as a bad smell. That fire which has reportedly been extinguished, the airport added. The airport is working quickly to fix the issue.

Power was lost in the entire airport, Delta Airlines confirmed on Twitter. She shot this image at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Passengers stuck on the train that moves passengers between terminals were rescued by firefighters.

Country music star Travis Tritt tweeted he was stuck in Fort Lauderdale, FL, because of the outage.

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