Passengers were stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport overnight after severe storms rolled through Georgia on Wednesday causing several cancelations.
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a ground stop for all inbound and outbound flights. The ground stop was lifted around 1:40 p.m., but not before causing delays and canceled flights.
Ground stop has been lifted, but there are still delays due to weather. Please check with your airlines directly on flight times.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) April 5, 2017
Early Thursday morning, we counted more than 150 people sleeping at the airport on the 2nd floor. Many of them shared their frustrations. Holding her wedding bouquet in hand, Melissa McMahon was supposed to catch a flight to the Dominican Republic but her flight was canceled.
"This is the bouquet my mom made me for my wedding. I was supposed to get married in 8 hours. That will not be happening because I will not be getting there in 8 hours. I'm pretty stressed out. I'm not sure how it's all going to work out or when I'm going to get there. I'm heading to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. So after I left St. Louis at 5:30 this (Wednesday) morning and after multiple diversions and delays, they cancelled our final flight at 9:30 (Wednesday) tonight and there are no more flights out on Delta until Sunday. So I rebooked on United Airlines for 6 o'clock this morning in hopes that this afternoon I will get there," she said.
According to FlightAware.com, there were 1,004 cancelations yesterday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. On Thursday, there are reportedly 692 cancelations.
Late Thursday afternoon, Delta COO Gil West issued a lengthy statement saying that "are working around the clock to get customers safely to their destinations while bringing our operation back to normal following Wednesday’s record series of severe thunderstorms that resulted in a nearly all-day ground stop in Atlanta."
West went to say that "Wednesday’s severe weather was unprecedented for Atlanta and the specific track and intensity of weather like this is often difficult to forecast."
The COO said that about 60 percent of their aircraft fleet cycles through Atlanta, and weather like Wednesday's can have an impact on the company's entire operation.
"While we can’t control the weather, we understand the resulting recovery has not been ideal and we apologize for that," West said.
Passengers flying Delta also got free pizza during the delays.
Wednesday's storms were the second wave of severe weather to hit the state this week. The storms brought trees down, lightning fires and even reported (but not confirmed) tornadoes.