Georgia Power, which supplies the airport’s electricity, said it believed a fire at an underground electrical facility was to blame for the power cut. According to officials, a piece of its switchgear could have failed and started the fire, causing cable damage.
Power was fully restored to the airport late on Sunday, December 17.
Atlanta’s mayor confirmed the fire’s cause was under investigation, and apologized to the thousands affected.
A number of major airlines, including United, Southwest and American Airlines, completely suspended their operations on December 17.
Images shared on social media showed passengers waiting in darkness. Some reported being stuck on board aircraft for six hours.
The local police department confirmed they had sent extra officers to help the airport with the situation.
About 30,000 passengers were reportedly affected by the power cut.
Atlanta is located within a two-hour flight of 80% of the US population, making the city a major port of entry into the US and a common stopover for travel within the country.
Jay-Z has opened a new 40/40 Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the world’s busiest airport.
Jay-Z has opened a new 40/40 Club at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Airport concessions director Paul Brown says there are plans to create a VIP lounge area of the club, separate from the sports bar on another floor. He says the lounge is expected to open in the late fall.
Jay-Z opened his original 40/40 club in Manhattan with business partner Juan Perez in 2003. The club has another location at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
40/40 was named after the rare feat among ballplayers of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.