World's Busiest Airport At Standstill After Power Outage

Delta Air Lines planes line the tarmac ahead of a groundbreaking ceremony of the construction on Delta Air Lines $4 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia Airport on Aug. 8, 2017, in the Queens borough of New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP)

The power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will cost Delta Air Lines an estimated $25 million to $50 million in pre-tax income, the airline announced Wednesday.

The outage Dec. 17 forced the airline to cancel about 1,400 flights at its largest hub.

Despite the lost revenue, Delta projected in an investor update that it operated on an 11% margin during the final three months of the year, as strong revenue was offset by higher fuel costs. Fuel averaged $1.92 to $1.97 per gallon.

The power failure disabled the world’s largest airport, with 100 million passengers per year, and it took airlines several days to resume their normal schedules.

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The fire erupted in electrical equipment called a switchgear, in an underground tunnel that carried seven power lines from two sources to the airport. Georgia Power and city officials are investigating what caused the fire and whether the airport should invest in bringing in power from another location.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the carrier will seek compensation for the “shocking” outage from the airport and Georgia Power.

The episode hurt Delta, which prides itself on minimizing flight disruptions, at the start of the holiday travel season. But Delta said it carried nearly 6 million passengers on more than 55,000 flights without any mainline cancellations from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

Despite hurricanes that closed airports in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean for days, Delta had 242 days without any mainline cancellations, which beat the previous year by one day.

The airline boasted 90 days during 2017 without any canceled flights among Delta and Delta Connection flights, up from 81 days the previous year.

“Delta endeavors to be the world’s most reliable airline — getting our customers where they want to go safely and with minimal disruption, even during some of the busiest times of the year,” Gil West, chief operating officer, said in a statement.

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No. 20:  Bangkok International Airport; 55,892,428
No. 20: Bangkok International Airport; 55,892,428 passengers in 2016.  Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 19: Incheon International Airport; 57,849,814 passengers
No. 19: Incheon International Airport; 57,849,814 passengers in 2016.  Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 18: Denver International Airport; 58,266,515 passengers
No. 18: Denver International Airport; 58,266,515 passengers in 2016.  Arina Habich, Getty Images/iStockphoto>FullscreenNo. 17: Singapore Changi Airport; 58,698,000 passengers
No. 17: Singapore Changi Airport; 58,698,000 passengers in 2016.  Roslan Rahman, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 16: New York John F. Kennedy International Airport;
No. 16: New York John F. Kennedy International Airport; 58,873,386 passengers in 2016.  Trevor Collens, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 15: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport; 59,732,147
No. 15: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport; 59,732,147 passengers in 2016.  AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 14: Istanbul Atatürk Airport; 60,119,876 passengers
No. 14: Istanbul Atatürk Airport; 60,119,876 passengers in 2016.  Ozan Kose, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 13: Frankfurt Airport; 60,786,937 passengers in
No. 13: Frankfurt Airport; 60,786,937 passengers in 2016.  Christoph Schmidt, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 12: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; 63,625,534 passengers
No. 12: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; 63,625,534 passengers in 2016.  Nils van Houts, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 11: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; 65,670,697
No. 11: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; 65,670,697 passengers in 2016.  DFW International Airport>FullscreenNo. 10: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; 65,933,145
No. 10: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; 65,933,145 passengers in 2016.  Pierre Verdy, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 9: Shanghai Pudong International Airport; 66,002,414
No. 9: Shanghai Pudong International Airport; 66,002,414 passengers in 2016.  Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 8: Hong Kong International Airport; 70,305,857
No. 8: Hong Kong International Airport; 70,305,857 passengers in 2016.  Jerome Favre, EPA>FullscreenNo. 7: London Heathrow Airport; 75,715,474 passengers
No. 7: London Heathrow Airport; 75,715,474 passengers in 2016.  Jack Taylor, Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 6: Chicago O'Hare International Airport; 77,960,588
No. 6: Chicago O'Hare International Airport; 77,960,588 passengers in 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Special for USA TODAY>FullscreenNo. 5: Tokyo International Airport; 79,699,762 passengers
No. 5: Tokyo International Airport; 79,699,762 passengers in 2016.  KAZUHIRO NOGI, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 4: Los Angeles International Airport; 80,921,527
No. 4: Los Angeles International Airport; 80,921,527 passengers in 2016.  David McNew, Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 3: Dubai International Airport; 83,654,250 passengers
No. 3: Dubai International Airport; 83,654,250 passengers in 2016.  Adam Scheck, AP>FullscreenNo. 2: Beijing Capital International Airport; 94,393,454
No. 2: Beijing Capital International Airport; 94,393,454 passengers in 2016.  Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images>FullscreenNo. 1: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International; 104,171,935
No. 1: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International; 104,171,935 passengers in 2016.  David Goldman, AP>Fullscreen

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