Power outage at Calgary airport results in travel delays, passenger frustration

Several flights headed out of Calgary’s international airport were delayed on Tuesday following a temporary power outage that started earlier that afternoon.

The Calgary Airport Authority said on social media around 2 pm that a temporary power interruption was affecting the baggage system and the International Terminal Building.

It was said later that “all flights” had been delayed and asked guests to coordinate with airlines regarding flight information.

A number of passengers took to social media, posting messages about the hold up, with some saying they were stuck in airplanes on the tarmac for hours.

“This is insane,” wrote Kamran Aslam on Twitter. “Does this airport not have emergency power backup generators and some sort of business continuity plan?”

Before 6 pm, the airport authority alerted travelers that power had been restored.

“We are working with our airline partners to address offloading and boarding delays,” he said on Twitter

“As we work to restore regular operations, we kindly ask guests to check with their airlines for current flight information. We thank guests for their patience.”

WestJet said it expects there may be delays across its network on Wednesday “as we work to recover our operations and reaccommodate all impacted guests as quickly as possible,” an airline spokesperson told CBC News in an email.

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