UPDATE: Power outage at Atlanta airport… ‘Pandemonium’… Travelers trapped in planes and terminals

Blackout at Atlanta airport | All flights canceled at world’s busiest airport

Delta cancels 900 flights | MARTA adding service | Outage caused by underground fire | Mayor Reed says cause of fire undetermined

An underground fire caused a massive power outage Sunday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, resulting in thousands of flights being canceled at the world’s busiest terminal and affecting travelers worldwide.

Here are the latest updates:

8:59 pm — During a live press conference, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says there is no evidence to suggest the fire that caused the airport blackout was the result of criminal activity.

8:30 pm — Delta says it has canceled 900 flights as a result of the airport blackout. It is continuing to deplane passengers.

8:27 pm — MARTA has added additional trains to its north/south line from the airport and additional buses at its College Park station. “We are also on standby to help with any evacuation if the city/airport request our help,” the agency said. It is also offering complimentary fares for people stranded at the airport.

8:07 pm — MARTA says it is prepared for extra riders leaving the airport and asks that riders be patient as trains and buses will likely be more crowded than on a typical Sunday night. It has not added extra buses to our service.

7:53 — 11Alive reporter Christie Etheridge says cars are being allowed into the airport’s lower level.

7:40 pm — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will retain normal staffing in the air traffic control tower throughout the night. Air traffic controllers will be ready to handle flights as soon as they resume.

7:42 pm — Delta has canceled all flights into and out of Atlanta.

7:34 pm — City officials say power at Concourse F is back on.

7:33 — Atlanta fire rescue says all flights at the airport have been cancelled.

6:50 pm — Gov. Nathan Deal is sending two teams comprised of 24 Georgia state troopers to assist at the airport.


Power outage at Atlanta airport causes ‘pandemonium,’ grounds flights



“Literal pandemonium at the @ATLairport … Baggage claim stuck, passengers can go no where! Which means traffic can’t either. GBI and other law enforcement on site now. Talk about delays!” Ciara Leilani tweeted.

Almost 2,500 planes arrive and depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International daily, and the airport averages 275,000 passengers per day, according to the airport’s website.


Travelers trapped in planes and terminals



“A lot of people are arriving, and no one is going out. No one is saying anything official. We are stuck here,” she said. “It’s a nightmare.”