I don’t even know what to say here, other than “wow.” Since earlier today, Atlanta Airport has shut down due to a lack of power. Those in the airport have been quite literally left in the dark.
What You can't see here is hundreds of people waiting at a completely dark terminal pic.twitter.com/AqJUI0RJ0c
— Mehtap Colak (@Mehtap_Colak) December 17, 2017
Georgia Power is working on restoring power to the airport as quickly as possible, though in reality it may be several more hours before that happens (they hope to have power restored by midnight).
This is due to an electrical fire that caused extensive damage to the underground electrical facility. Here’s the full statement from Atlanta Airport:
Update on the ATL power situation pic.twitter.com/EctZveNI9p
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 18, 2017
This has caused hundreds of flights to be canceled, and given that Atlanta is a fortress hub for Delta, has impacted their flights disproportionately.
While Delta is known for their excellent operational performance, they sure haven’t had it easy recently, especially as it impacts Atlanta Airport. In April the airline had a global computer meltdown that crippled their operations for days. Then just over a week ago Atlanta Airport had hundreds of cancelations due to snow. And now there’s this.
Keep in mind that this can impact you even if you’re not flying to or from Atlanta, given how easily airline networks can fall apart when one part of the operation experiences problems. For example, if you’re flying Delta to just about anywhere, there’s a good chance your plane may be flying to/from Atlanta in the past 24 hours, and might be impacted.
So make sure you stay on top of things, especially as we’re approaching the super peak holiday travel season, where there aren’t many options for getting rebooked. Furthermore, if you’re traveling to/from Atlanta, most major airlines have issued travel waivers.
What. A. Mess.
Anyone impacted by the Atlanta meltdown this evening?