Power Outage Led John Wayne Airport to Ground Flights: John Wayne Airport in Southern California has cancelled all flights for the evening after a power outage left all its terminals in the dark on Friday night. The John Wayne Airport in Orange County diverted all the arriving flights while cancelling all the departing flights after the outage hit the airport at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
According to the airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson, all the flights scheduled to arrive after 7:30 p.m. had been diverted to other airports. Now the people who are waiting for the incoming flights would have to call the airlines to find out where the passengers will be landing.
She further added that all the flights scheduled to leave after 8 p.m. will not be departing while mentioning that she is unaware of the number of passengers who are likely to be affected.
After a half-hour, the airport’s emergency power was kicked in but the flights still remained grounded.
The airport’s Twitter feed said on late Friday evening that all the terminal power was slowly coming back in line. General aviation flights were not affected by the outage or ground stop, which will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday. Those with flights in the morning were advised to check with their airline.
Thompson said, “People are not happy, but they’re rolling with it. They realize we’re doing the best we can.”
It was reported that the airport was affected by a Southern California Edison power outage that was centered in nearby Irvine and affected more than 28,000 customers. The outage was caused by a fire in an electrical substation.
The utility estimates power will be restored by Saturday morning.
Earlier, an outage at Los Angeles International Airport in June caused multiple flights to be cancelled because of a glitch at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station.