Perth Airport (PER) suffered a power outage for at least a few hours due to wild storms in Western Australia on the evening of August 2, 2022.
The airport’s backup power also failed after a high voltage transmission pole was damaged, local media Armidale Express reported.
“The back-up generation system for critical safety systems such as the runway lighting worked as intended, meaning that aircraft could continue to land safely throughout the event,” PER chief executive Kevin Brown said in a statement seen by local media.
“Other parts of the back-up generation system that provide power to the terminals did not work as intended. We need to understand why that happened,” Brown added.
This is Perth Airport right now. Wild weather power outages quite literally leaving passengers in the dark, using their phone lights to try and find their luggage manually being brought out because the baggage carousels aren’t working. Delay & cancellation galore @9NewsPerth pic.twitter.com/BsegT92NsQ
— Zarisha Bradley (@ZarishaBradley9) August 2, 2022
The airport continued to vigilantly post updates regarding the status of the power outage via its social media accounts. The first announcement was posted at around 18:30 local time, with the latest update announcing the power had been fully restored at the airport at roughly 10:00 local time the following day on August 3, 2022.