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Power outage at world's busiest airport

Power outage at world's busiest airport

Dozens of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers stranded at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, after the power suddenly went out, media reports said on Monday (Dec 18).

A power cut at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport has led to a partial shut-down and major delays to flights. The airport is the world's busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day.

Passengers have been left in darkened terminals or on board aeroplanes. Many flights scheduled to arrive from other airports are being diverted elsewhere or held at their departure airport.

In a statement, the airport said they sustained a power outage shortly after 18:00 GMT on Sunday.

Georgia Power, who supplies the airport's electricity, said they believed a fire at an underground electrical facility was to blame for the outage.

They said the cause of the blaze was not known, but that they expected to restore power by midnight on Monday (05:00 GMT).

The flight control tower is operating normally, but a number of major airlines, including United, Southwest and American Airlines, have completely suspended their operations for the rest of the day.