Passengers wait in a dark terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Airport is reporting a loss of electricity. The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all inbound flights due to an equipment outage. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
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In wake of outage, Hartsfield-Jackson to get temporary backup generators

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is working on a plan to get portable backup generators, an interim fix until it can install permanent generators to avoid a blackout like it experienced in December.

Atlanta airport general manager Roosevelt Council said it may take up to six months to get temporary portable backup generators.

The blackout last month left the airport in the dark for 10 hours, canceling hundreds of flights and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

The airport manager said he expects it to take 24 to 36 months to get permanent generators in place.

For more on how backup power can keep flights moving, what kind of cameras the airport thinks will help it during an outage and how airport officials plan to improve communication with passengers during an emergency, get the full story on


AJC Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi keeps you updated on the latest news about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines and the airline industry in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on, including these stories:

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