Power outage disrupts operations at Madrid airport

16th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A fire at an electrical substation knocked out power at Madrid's Barajas airport, Spain's busiest, for about one hour late on Saturday, delaying the departure of five flights, airport officials said.

Madrid - A fire at an electrical substation knocked out power at Madrid's Barajas airport, Spain's busiest, for about one hour late on Saturday, delaying the departure of five flights, airport officials said.

The blackout affected the airport's Terminal 4 and its satellite (T4S), which mostly handle international flights, but did not impact the airport tower or any of its runways, a spokesman for airport management company AENA said.

During the outage several people became trapped in elevators, airlines handled baggage by hand and passengers were shuttled between the terminal and its satellite by bus as a driverless subway could not operate, media reported.

Planes continued to land normally at the terminal but the lack of power caused delays in loading passengers and baggage onto planes, leading to the late departure of flights to Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

Full power was restored to the terminal shortly after midnight on Sunday.

American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Royal Air Maroc are among the airlines which operate out of Terminal 4, the airport's newest.

Barajas has four terminals. Capacity at the airport doubled in February 2006 with the opening of Terminal 4 and two extra runways.

Last year 50.8 million passengers passed through Barajas, according to AENA.

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