Delta got them a hotel room and put them on a Monday flight to Atlanta. At least ten flights were listed as canceled Monday morning. Officials at Philadelphia International Airport say about 20 flights from Philadelphia to Atlanta were canceled Sunday night.
Southwest, the airport's second-largest airline, said it was back on a normal schedule, but a spokesman could not say how long it would take to clear the backlog of stranded travelers.
Delta hopes to return to normal service by the afternoon, but some of the fliers we talked with said they couldn't get a flight out of Atlanta until Tuesday. "We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger, and we're doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away".
Airport officials told NBC News that electrical issues at a Georgia substation "has impacted the power at the airport".
"There are just so few seats available during a peak holiday week, that's just going to take a lot of flights with four or five seats apiece", Mann said. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and the travel slowdowns continued early Monday as airlines tried to deal with a huge backlog of passengers. Flights were grounded shortly after the airport lost electricity at 1 p.m. ET. Sunday they made a decision to get a hotel.
Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem.
Thomas, the Delta spokesman, said that since then, the airline has put more flight crews on reserve and installed computer technology to quickly assemble properly rested crews.
CNN's Betsy Klein spent almost seven hours in a plane on the tarmac, waiting to move.
While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes are expected to linger for days at USA airports, including Logan. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (DAL) said it canceled more than 900 mainline and regional flights due to the outage and diverted 48 flights to other airports. Both of those flights were set to travel to Atlanta.
The passenger who shot the footage, Natalie Seitz, 23, of Queens, New York, said her Delta flight to Cleveland was canceled Sunday afternoon.
Delta Air Lines, with its biggest hub in Atlanta, was the hardest hit. The utility said that there are "many redundant systems in place" to ensure the power supply to the airport and that such outages at the airport "are very rare".
There are reports from people at the airport that flights are delayed and inbound flights can not deplane due to lack of power in the jetways.
The outage left passengers sitting in planes on the tarmac for hours. The FAA said the tower could operate normally but flights were affected because airport equipment in the terminals was not working.
The airport handles some 275,000 passengers a day.