(CMR) Operations at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, have returned to some normalcy after passengers experienced chaos Friday morning due to a lack of power at the airport.
PAC Kingston Airport Limited, operators of the facility, said a delay in the restoration of electricity following a full-scale shutdown of the airport between 9 p.m. Thursday, July 20, to 3 a.m. Friday, July 21, was the reason for the chaos at the facility. Power was restored more than 3 hours after the scheduled time at 6:10 am.
Several flights were affected as flight information and passenger processing systems were impacted by the power outage. Traffic flow to and from the facility was also affected, resulting in congestion.
PAC Kingston Airport Limited explained that the scheduled maintenance was to address an identified concern with one of the main switch gears that is central to the airport's power distribution system.
The servicing was reportedly planned well in advance because it required a full shutdown of all power systems, including standby generating systems, flight information systems, and requires coordination with airlines and other airport stakeholders.
PAC Kingston said the delay in restoring power to a critical piece of equipment affected the airport systems.
JetBlue Flight B6 1359, which arrived at 05:01 a.m., had to be kept in the holding bay and arrived at the gate at 06:30 when systems were available.
Check-in and departure times for the following flights were delayed: JetBlue B6 1260 to JFK; JetBlue B6 2676 to FLL; Delta DL1841 to ATL; American AA1628 to MIA; InterCaribbean JY251to PLS and JetBlue B61060 to JFK.