Power restored to Atlanta's airport

Power restored to Atlanta's airport

Iberte and Heather Joestings, who is also from Georgia, were two hours into their a flight from Rhode Island to Atlanta, when their plane diverted to RDU Sunday afternoon. Only a handful of flights have been canceled for Monday morning.

"There's a lot of other issues downstream to all other airports, where flights should be arriving and departing, connecting to Atlanta, that are going to be disrupted as well".

Adding to the nightmare are what some passengers said was a lack of information from airport officials and help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.

Delta customers are encouraged to check the status of their flight via the Fly Delta mobile app or delta.com before heading to the airport. That means the backups will slowly, but surely be getting back on track as well.

Reed emphasized that officials' focus is on safety and security, and reiterated Georgia Power's earlier statement that all power should be restored by midnight Sunday. Despite the circumstances, she said, order prevailed. Green said the pilot told passengers that other flights that had ran out of fuel were evacuated before theirs.

At about 1:30 p.m., the airport tweeted that there was a power outage affecting "several areas" of the airport. "The people were helpless, they can't get down the stairs, it was just a nightmare".

Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem.

"We'll see if the power comes on before then or not", she said.

CNN's Betsy Klein spent almost seven hours in a plane on the tarmac, waiting to move.

Delta is by far the largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest.

Travelers headed to Boston's Logan Airport are being urged to check their flights after a power outage in Atlanta caused significant delays and cancellations across the country.

CNN reported all flights out of Atlanta have been canceled for Sunday and all arrivals have been halted. And, after more than six hours, power was restored to one of the airport's seven concourses. Worldwide flights were being diverted, officials said.

Delta, with its biggest hub operation in Atlanta, will be hardest hit. The FAA said the tower could operate normally but flights were affected because airport equipment in the terminals was not working. Durham resident Gary Leach was stuck on the tarmac for four hours until he says Southwest ultimately cancelled his flight.

Sara Melillo, who was traveling to Pittsburgh from Kenya, where she lives with her husband, Greg Presto, to spend Christmas with his family were stuck on the tarmac for six hours. On average, 275,000 passengers pass through the airport each day.

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