People Still Sleeping At Airport After Blackout

Carla Harmon
January 18, 2018

No conclusions have been drawn as to the cause of the fire, which took out the airport's power supply and also its backup electricity for about 11 hours Sunday. But it was last Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Any losses during the busy period, including costs incurred refunding and rebooking passengers, could put a damper on carriers' earlier projected fourth-quarter and full-year earnings.

The airport on Monday publicized a list of hotels which had availability as airlines worked to rebook passengers and return to normal operations.

The power outage at Atlanta's airport occurred at the same time AAA is predicting a record-breaking number of Americans plan to celebrate the holidays away from home.

"We have a lot of people at the start of the business week that didn't take their trips" because of the outage, Bastian said.

A major power outage halted flights and stranded tens of thousands of customers on Sunday.

Atlanta's mayor, Kasim Reed, reportedly called Chick-fil-A on Sunday, asking for help.

ATLANTA | The FBI is part of the probe into what caused a fire that knocked out power to the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, but an agency spokesman said Tuesday there was no sign of anything connected to terrorism. Bastian said when he talked to Georgia Power the day after the power outage, "they still didn't have all the answers".

Finally, if all else fails, the airport has a fourth backup, a portable generator truck that can be driven to any of the facility's 50 buildings to provide power.

"I told Paul that we need to make certain that we learn from this, that we never experience this either here in Atlanta or any of the other big airports", Bastian said.

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