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Atlanta airport gets back on schedule after power restored

GROUNDED: Airplanes at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport

AFTER AN unexpected electrical outage halted flights to and from Atlanta’s giant airport for 11 hours on Sunday (Dec 17), the lights came on again around midnight.

However, airport operations won’t return to normal on Monday (Dec 18)as airlines struggle to get back on track.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports by passenger traffic and a major hub for Delta Air Lines Inc. After the power outage, they said power was fully restored around midnight Sunday after going out around 1 p.m. ET.

The outage meant elevators and the airport train were inoperable, baggage belt systems were out and check-in agents had no computer access.

Thousands of fliers were trapped in the airport Sunday, well into the start of the hectic holiday travel period. This means that planes are full and there will be few seats available for passengers on later flights as airlines tried to restore regular service.

The airport tweeted early Monday that the power was back on, airport concession shops and restaurants were opening and Transportation Security Administration checkpoints were operational. The airport also told fliers that if they had tickets for Sunday flights, they would have to reprint them before security screening.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Hartsfield handles about 104 million passengers a year, with a total of 2,500 arriving and departing flights a day.

See footage of the power outage and its effects below:

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