03. 07. 12. - 16:11
Power cut at Vienna airport
Air passengers faced a long wait in hot conditions after a power cut last night (Monday) brought Vienna's Schwechat Airport to a standstill.
At 19.30 power went out in parts of the airport meaning check in and baggage retrieval were not possible - and the air conditioning.
A technical defect at the power plant in Schwechat had caused the blackout at the airport as well as houses in Schwechat.
Ilona Matusch, a spokesperson for Wien Energie, said: "A cable problem lead to issues with the supply of electricity."
Check in and boarding were halted for nearly two hours as a result.
Airport spokesperson Peter Kleemann said: "Passengers could unfortunately not check in and arriving passengers could not pick up their luggage. This meant there was an unavoidable delays to air traffic."
One passenger said: "Suddenly it just went dark. After a few minutes the emergency light system kicked in."
Temperatures did however rise in the airport as the air conditioning system went off, but over 2,000 bottles of water were handed out to cool the passengers down.