Major power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Sunday

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There were reports that some planes sat on the tarmac for more than six hours waiting to move. Three major airlines – American, Southwest and United – canceled arrivals and departures at the airport Sunday as a result of the power outage. Officials said Sunday night that the power outage started with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility which caused extensive damage. However, the exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Atlanta International Airport in darkness

Delta Air Lines has canceled 300 flights Monday and was offering its customers traveling Sunday and Monday the opportunity to make a one-time change to their travel plans without penalty. After more than six hours, power had been restored to one of the seven concourses. “First and most importantly, I want to express my sincere apologies to the thousands of passengers whose day has been disrupted in this manner,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said at a news conference in the night. The airport serves as a major hub for travel throughout the southeastern region of the country. It has 209 domestic and international gates.

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