Atlanta Power Outage Costs Delta Up To $50 Million
Atlanta power outage costs Delta up to $50 million. Last month, an 11-hour power outage in Atlanta that impacted Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, will cost the airline an estimated $50 million, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.
According to Reuters:
The 11-hour system outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, cost Delta Air Lines up to $50 million, a Delta spokesman confirmed on Wednesday, and the carrier said it plans to seek compensation for its losses.
The extent of the power outage that began on Sunday at Delta’s most significant hub was first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, following an interview with Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian.
Bastian told the paper that it was not yet clear where responsibility for the outage fell between the airport or its utility provider, but the carrier would be seeking reimbursement for the losses he estimated to be between $25 million and $50 million.
The full interview with Ed Bastian by the Atlanta Journal Constitution can be found here. The Atlanta Journal Constitution notes that the comments can setup an expansive fight against some big power players in the region, including Delta, the city of Atlanta, and the power supply company. The CEO of Delta did not hold back in the costs to the company and why he is seeking reimbursement for the loss of money the company suffered. Bastian specifically states “We have a lot of people at the start of the business week that didn’t take their trips.”
What do you think? Should Delta go after the electricity company and the city of Atlanta?