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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Power outage delays Newark flights

By Washington Post Wire and Staff Reports

6:55 p.m. Update: A 90-minute power outage at Newark Liberty International Airport caused chaos with airlines' schedules and left them struggling to get back to normal late Monday.

Residual delays were expected into the evening as a result of the outage, which also affected 20,000 customers in neighboring towns. The Federal Aviation Administration was reporting one-hour arrival delays, and the monorail that moves among the airport's three terminals was not working shortly after 5 p.m., about an hour after power was restored.

Flights were allowed to land during the outage, but security checkpoints had to close, said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.

"It was a little disorienting, but it wasn't that bad," said passenger Sy Carruthers, of Dorset, England, who was waiting for a flight to Iceland. "It's just one of those things."

Traffic on roads leading to the airport and on airport grounds was snarled Monday evening because traffic lights had been knocked out. They were gradually being reset and turned back on.

Work crews were in the process of upgrading a Public Service Electric and Gas switching station in Elizabeth at 2:30 p.m. when an electrical failure knocked out power to customers in Hillside, Elizabeth, Union, Newark, Roselle, Linden, Kenilworth and Irvington, as well as the airport, said Bonnie Sheppard, a PSE&G spokeswoman. Power was restored around 4 p.m., she said.

The work was being done in order to prepare the station for peak summer power loads.

Original post: A power outage affecting Newark Liberty International Airport and the surrounding area is delaying flights, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

AirTrain rail service linking to the airport is also out of service, officials said.

By Washington Post Wire and Staff Reports  | February 7, 2011; 3:30 PM ET
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