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Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport; some BWI flights affected

Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport; some BWI flights affected

A sudden power outage brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Hours after the blackout began, authorities announced that electricity would be restored at the Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight.

Passengers at the airport were left in the dark when the lights went out at around 1 p.m. The outage halted all outgoing flights, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.

At BWI, airlines canceled 24 inbound or outbound flights Sunday afternoon and...

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