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Blackout hits flights in Panama, a major Latin America hub

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — A blackout in Panama's main international airport — a major hub for Latin America — caused many flight cancellations and delays on Monday, airport sources said.

A malfunction in a circuit panel distributing power internally to the facility was to blame, according to the airport authority, which had set up a “crisis room” to handle the disruption.

According to the website FlightAware, which tracks cancellations by airports, around 20 per cent of flights departing from Panama's Tocumen International Airport were scrapped, with the national flagship carrier, Copa hardest hit.

“Due to the lack of electricity in Tocumen airport our flights will be significantly slowed,” Copa Airlines said on its Twitter feed.

The airport serves more than 90 destinations in the Americas and Europe and receives around 14 million passengers a year.