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Electrical issues delay some Southwest flights at McCarran

Updated June 4, 2021 - 6:22 pm

Electrical issues at McCarran International Airport delayed a handful of Southwest Airlines flights on Friday.

The electrical problems were first reported at about 6 a.m. Friday in concourse C, airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said. The lights remained on inside the building, but some computers were down and air conditioning units on some jet bridges were out at various times throughout the day.

Crews said Friday afternoon that the airport was working with NV Energy on a plan to briefly switch the airport’s power source in the C concourse to a generator so repairs to infrastructure could be made. The power switch was in place by 6 p.m., allowing for operations in the concourse to resume as normal. Repairs needed to fix the electrical problems were expected to be made at a later date because the airport had to order replacement parts.

The C concourse is home to Southwest, which was the only airline to have any flights affected. The airport, Crews said, worked with the airline to move flights to other concourses when necessary, as the repairs are made.

“The longest flight delay we’ve had is nine minutes,” Crews said, adding the number of flights delayed was less than a dozen.

The airport made announcements to customers in the C concourse to let them know about the power switch and that it briefly caused flickering lights in the concourse.

“All of the tenants and the airlines are aware this is happening,” Crews said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Glenn Puit contributed to this report.

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