RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN
Published — Thursday 2 May 2013
Last update 8 May 2013 8:24 pm
A power failure at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) crippled operations for more than one hour yesterday.
According to Khaled Al-Khaibari, spokesman for the General Authority of Civil Aviation, around 18 international and domestic flights were suspended during the power failure, which began at 10 a.m. yesterday.
He said the outage was caused by a disruption in supply from the power company. The power transmission is located close to KKIA. Three backup generators at the airport were available until the full power supply was restored.
The airport's backup supply allowed the control tower and computer systems at the immigration counters to remain operational. However, the situation created a great deal of confusion at the airport.
Passengers at the airport were able to process their entry and exit visas without any problems at the immigration counters. Flights were rescheduled after the power supply returned.