Austin airport has power outage inside terminal

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Power was restored to Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just before 8 am Wednesday after travelers were left in the dark for two to three hours that morning.

Flight delays should still be expected, the airport said, and passengers should check their flight status before heading to AUS.

The airport posted on social media just before 5 am confirming the outage in the terminal. It said, “airport teams have been dispatched to investigate the cause of the outage.” An AUS spokesperson told KXAN just before 6:30 am backup generators did kick in.

AUS said flights were halted as crews worked to find the cause of the outage. KXAN crews inside the terminal said security lines began screening passengers as of 7:40 am, and AUS officials confirmed this.

The Austin Police Department told KXAN around 5:30 am airport police had blocked entrances into the airport. Airport roads were closed temporarilybut in an update just before 8 am the airport said it’s working with APD to reopen airport roads.

Traffic backups collected along Highway 71 because of the closures. Travelers who had flights Wednesday morning were previously being advised not to drive into the airport, an AUS spokesperson said.

Backups along Highway 71 near FM 973 near the Austin airport. Roads to the airport were blocked off due to a power outage inside the terminal. (TxDOT Camera)

The Del Valle Independent School District, which is in the area of ​​the airport, said it is rerouting some bus routes around the traffic. There are some delays, and the district is pointing parents to use Smart Tag, which will help to provide real-time updates on bus locations.

Austin-Energy worked with AUS teams to assess the outage. The utility said all power lines near the airport are underground. It was using fault indicators to help locate where the issue is.

KXAN viewers sent in photos and videos showing the outage started as early as 4:30 am

This is the second issue the airport terminal has experienced within a month.

On Aug. 10, all passengers in Barbara Jordan Terminal had to evacuate due to a falsely-triggered fire alarm. The airport explained then a water main break on the airport apron, or the space where planes are parked as passengers board and deplane, set off the fire alarm. All evacuated passengers had to re-enter the terminal and be rescreened by security.

Passengers on Wednesday morning weren’t forced to evacuate because of the power outage. An AUS spokesperson explained an outage doesn’t necessarily trigger an evacuation; a full evacuation is done when there is a safety concern.

This past Friday was the second-busiest day ever at Austin’s airport as thousands of people traveled for the Labor Day holiday. A total of 34,611 departing passengers were recorded that day, airport officials said.

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