Thousands left in lurch after blackout hits Atlanta airport

Dec 18, 2017, 5:53 AM EST
(Source: ERIC SALARD/flickr)
(Source: ERIC SALARD/flickr)

Tens of thousands of people were left in the lurch as more than 1,000 flights were canceled after a sudden power cut struck Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday just ahead of the Christmas travel rush.

The world’s busiest airport, which operates nearly 2,500 flights every day, came to a standstill with passengers stranded in dark or aboard plane for almost six hours, writes the BBC.

Georgia Power, which supplies electricity to the airport, blamed the “rare” power outage on a malfunctioning switchgear and managed to restore full supplies after 11 hours of chaos, notes The Guardian.