Power outage at Austin airport leads to flight delays

Airport officials say an early morning power outage at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport caused delays and cancellations even after electricity was restored

ByThe Associated Press
September 7, 2022, 4:10 PM
Travelers line up at a TSA screening area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. An early morning power outage at the airport caused flight delays that continued even after electricity was restored. Th
Travelers line up at a TSA screening area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. An early morning power outage at the airport caused flight delays that continued even after electricity was restored. The airport reported it lost power shortly before 5 a.m., and soon after said flights had been stopped. The lights were back on by 8 a.m., but airport officials told passengers that flights would be delayed. (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport via AP)
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- An early morning power outage Wednesday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport caused flight delays and cancellations that continued even after electricity was restored.

The airport reported it lost power shortly before 5 a.m., and soon after said flights had been stopped. The lights were back on by 8 a.m., but airport officials told passengers that flights would be delayed.

The airport shut down roads leading to the airport, which led to traffic backups on a nearby freeway. Austin police asked people to stay in their vehicles until the roads reopened.

Transportation Security Administration checkpoints were open shortly after 8 a.m., but flight delays continued.

Austin Energy said in a statement that the outage was caused by malfunctioning underground equipment that has since been repaired, and a crew is reviewing what happened in the hope of avoiding a repeat.

Airport officials recommended that travelers check with their airlines for any changes in their flight status.

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