Utahns scramble to change flights after power outages at Atlanta airport

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A power outage at the world’s busiest airport caused a snowball effect on travel plans across the country, including here in Utah.

A fire that broke out in a Georgia underground electrical facility damaged two substations serving the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Sunday night — including the system that provides backup power.

The power was eventually restored late Sunday night, but it wasn’t back to business as usual. Many flights were canceled or delayed well into Monday, which left people scrambling to make changes to their travel plans.

Lydia Ingram told News4Utah that she was headed to Atlanta with her boyfriend from Salt Lake City. The two stayed up all night checking to see if their flight was going to be one of the many that were canceled. Ingram and her boyfriend were one of the few lucky ones whose flight wasn’t affected. But Ingram says that wasn’t the case for her boyfriend’s parents.

“They had a flight yesterday. It got rescheduled for tomorrow late at night so we won’t have anyone there. We had to call some friends to come get us so it’s definitely ruined some plans,” said Ingram.

Perry Taylor was scheduled to fly from Salt Lake City to Dallas, TX Sunday night but his flight was canceled and rescheduled for Monday morning. He said it wasn’t that big of a deal and rescheduled his meetings in Dallas. 

“I actually got to stay home with my family last night so it was good,” Taylor said. 

At final count, Salt Lake International officials say two departing flights were canceled.

Travelers are being asked to call their airline before heading to the airport.

Delta Airlines is offering vouchers to affected travelers. Click here for details. 

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