Minute-by-Minute: Power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

9:15 p.m. Mayor Reed says travelers are being sent to Georgia International Convention Center for shelter, Chick-Fil-A will provide meals.

9:07 p.m. Georgia Power says switch that accesses back-up system was also damaged in the fire, causing both system to go down

9:01 p.m. During a news conference with Mayor Reed, an airport official said "because of the intensity of the fire, the switch which accesses the redundant system was damaged. Airport has a very redundant, very robust system." It will take time to investigate the cause of the fire.

8:56 p.m. Mayor Reed says "no evidence to suggest fire was caused deliberately" about fire, says security sweep is underway at airport. 

Our Team Coverage of the power outage at the airport continues on wsbtv.com and the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11.

8:30 p.m. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed holds news conference regarding Atlanta airport power outage.


8:16 p.m. FAA says it will retain normal staffing in the Air Traffic Control tower throughout Sunday evening. Air traffic controllers will be ready to handle flights as soon as they resume.


8:06 p.m. Delta cancels ALL remaining flights. Full statement here.

The airline has canceled approximately 900 mainline and Delta Connection flights Sunday as a result of the outage and 48 flights have diverted to alternate airports due to a nationwide groundstop for Atlanta-bound flights.

Pending full resumption of power, Delta anticipates a near-full schedule Monday in Atlanta, though some delays and cancellations can be expected.

Delta continues to deplane the remaining customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at terminal gates that require power to operate. The airline will also work to reunify customers with their luggage once power is restored.

The Atlanta Airport, along with Atlanta Police Department, are restricting the vehicles allowed to the terminal drop-off and pick-up area due to congestion.

7:45 p.m. Crowded lines at the MARTA station as passengers head home after being evacuated at Atlanta airport.

7:30 p.m. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says power has been restored to Concourse F.


7:00 p.m. Governor Deal announces two initial response teams comprised of 24 Georgia DPS troopers to assist with Atlanta Police Department

6:47 p.m. Exit from the interstate to Atlanta airport has been shut down due to power outage. Drivers are being urged not to drive there. Travelers are being advised to take MARTA and have people pick them up from the MARTA station.

6:38 p.m. Georgia Power says the outage may have been caused by a fire at an underground facility, says power should be restored by midnight.

6:00 p.m. Atlanta Police Department officials ask people to stay away from the airport as they begin to evacuate airport.

5:00 p.m. Power outage causes major airlines JetBlue, United Airlines, Southwest and American Airlines to cancel all remaining flights

4:00 p.m. Officials with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport issue update. Says cause of fire is under investigation.

3:38 p.m. FAA issues ground stop in place at airport.

2:08 p.m. Due to the power outage, hundreds of Delta mainline and regional flights have been canceled. Delta is working to deplane customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at a gate due to the outage.

1:00 p.m. Power outage reported at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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