Power outage at ATL airport causes cancellations for Milwaukee passengers

NOW: Power outage at ATL airport causes cancellations for Milwaukee passengers

Several airlines have canceled flights after an airport-wide power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.

Georgia Power is working closely with airport personnel to determine the cause of the outage. Although a definitive cause has not been established, Georgia Power believes the issue may have involved a fire which caused extensive damage in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility.

Across the country 900 Delta Airlines flights have been canceled. In Milwaukee, four Delta flights from Mitchell International Airport to Atlanta have been canceled Sunday because of the outages.

Passenger George Stahley had his Delta flight from MKE to ATL canceled four times before they told him he wouldn't be flying out Sunday.

"You had the feeling we weren't going to get out of here tonight," Stahley said. “They kept saying yes, pushing it an hour, but now we're stuck here."

Stahley plans to sleep at MKE. Another passenger said she was also rescheduled four times before deciding to book a flight to Nashville instead. She plans to drive from Nashville to Atlanta Monday.

"When they canceled my flight on Delta, I already had a backup on another," the passenger said. "I'm just going to go to Nashville and drive home. Preferably, nothing else will happen."

As of Sunday, both Delta and Southwest airlines say they plan to fly to Atlanta Monday, as long as power is restored. Delta said passengers can expect cancellations or delays because of the outage.

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