Power Outage Disrupts Midway Airport
By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 29, 2012 2:00PM
Photo Credit: vxla
All things are getting back to normal at Midway Airport this morning after an electrical power outage affected runway lights at the World's Busiest Square Mile Thursday night and early Friday.
An issue with an airfield lighting vault led to flickering lights on the runways, forcing airport authorities to shut down Midway around 9:10 p.m. The shutdown affected 85 flights. Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said the flights bound for departure were safely escorted back to terminals. A ComEd spokesperson said the cause of the outage was an equipment failure at the airport, but wouldn't specify. Passengers scheduled to leave and arrive at the airport were not happy.
Epic fail on the part of #midway in my opinion - do they not have some kind of backup plan or emergency provisions for loss of electricity?— Amanda (@amandawingle) June 29, 2012
It took ComEd all night to restore power to Midway Airport .... Were they reading the instruction manual ?— ReneeLeeGreco (@inthelooptv) June 29, 2012
Just what I was afraid of last night: b/c of the power outage at Midway last night my plane is delayed an hour and a half... Not a good day!— Sarah (@sarahlee527) June 29, 2012
Midway is the red-headed stepchild of Chicao, but you can get in and get out of there better than O'Hare.— SUGAR THEGIRL (@SUGARTHEGIRL) June 29, 2012