A power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused a travel nightmare as hundreds of flights were canceled Sunday, and Bradley International Airport is feeling the effects.
Delta, with its biggest hub operation housed in Atlanta, was hard hit. On Sunday the airline had to cancel around 1,000 flights and as of Monday morning they’ve already canceled about 300, most of which are early-morning flights to Atlanta.
Bradley International Airport offers non-stop flights to Atlanta on Delta. On Sunday all six flights were canceled. There were long lines at the counter Monday morning as passengers tried to find out the status of their flight.
Those traveling on Delta are encouraged to check the status of their flight with the airline. Though power was restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Sunday night, Delta is now scrambling to get all its customers to their destinations.
Marla Marin’s flight to Atlanta has been canceled, and now she’ll fly to Detroit Tuesday instead, but she’s choosing to look on the bright side.
"It’s not really discouraging, we just take one day at a time. Hopefully tomorrow, things will be taken care of. It’s better to be safe than sorry," Marin, who lives in Springfield, Mass., said.
According to a Georgia Power statement, a fire in an underground electrical facility may have been responsible for the outage. The cause of the fire was not known.
This is only the third day of the three week travel season, when 51 million people are expected to fly throughout the US. With flights often booked well-ahead during the holiday season, it may be days before Delta fully recovers and finds seats for all its customers.