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Power outage at Atlanta airport causes flight delays, cancellations at PBIA

Power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport causes flight delays, cancellations at PBIA (WPEC)

Numerous flights were delayed or cancelled due to a power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday.

Power was fully restored at the airport by 11:45 p.m., according to Georgia Power.

Passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon, the Associated Press reported. The blackout halted all outgoing flights, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.

The power outage caused three flight delays and one cancellation at Palm Beach International Airport. Click here to check whether your flight has been affected.

Many flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport have also been affected.

United Airlines is offering waivers for those who want to change their travel plans.

Georgia Power believes the outage was caused by a fire that led to extensive damage in an underground facility.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gave a news conference Sunday night with the latest updates on the power outage:

Hartsfield-Jackson, which serves 104 million passengers a year, is the world’s busiest airport, a distinction it has held since 1998, according to the Associated Press.

Stay with CBS12 for updates.

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