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BREAKING: Power Outage At Atlanta-Hartsfield Shuts Down the World’s Busiest Airport

Flights Diverted Away from ATL Until Further Notice

Planes were parked on nearly every taxiway at Atlanta Hartsfield this evening. Photo by @dsalley24 (Twitter, used with permission)

The power is out at the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The outage has completely shut down the airport. Thousands of passengers are stranded and more than 450 Delta flights are cancelled. ATL is Delta’s main hub. In fact, a ground stop is in effect which means no planes can come or go. Arriving and departing flights on all airlines are being diverted to other airports.

Live coverage is embedded below from NBC 11 in Atlanta

Here’s the latest:

The power has been out since 1:00 PM. The passengers on flights that landed at the time of the outage were stuck on the tarmac for hours. Right now, many of them remain stranded inside the airport.

One stranded passenger told WSB-TV that they are being evacuated as of about 6:00PM in groups of 50 to try to get to the Park and Ride area. They are asking people to stay away from the airport until further notice so they can work with Georgia Power to determine how this happened. It is unknown if the power will be restored in the next couple of hours.

Delta passengers can check the status of their flight on or the Fly Delta mobile app. A travel waiver is being given for customers traveling to, from or through Atlanta today.

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Kim Clark

Written by Kim Clark

Former CNN Radio News Network anchor Kim Clark is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the aviation industry and financial markets. She currently freelances for S&P Global and works as a club and event Disc Jockey in Atlanta, Georgia, after having held positions doing news on radio morning shows and holding down the position of Music Director of commercial radio stations owned by Cumulus and Clear Channel.

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