Power Outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Leaves Thousands Stranded, Planes Grounded Indefinitely

A passenger looks on near a Southwest Airlines plane at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport on July 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

A power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, is leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded indefinitely.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, meaning that planes are being held at their departure airports, according to a tweet on the airport’s verified Twitter account. Departures from the airport are delayed because electronic equipment is not working in the terminals, the FAA said.

International flights are being diverted to other airports, US Customs and Border Protection said.

Hartsfield-Jackson handles 2,500 flights and an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Because of its size the outage could have a ripple effect on air traffic both domestically and overseas.

Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem. The outage affects all airport operations, spokesman Reese McCranie said. The airport is currently working with Georgia Power to figure out the cause of the outage, he said.

Atlanta is the largest hub for Delta Air Lines, which told passengers to check the status of their flights.

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SOURCE: CNN, Christina Zdanowicz and Shawn Nottingham