By Kansas City Business Journal

A power failure at Kansas City International Airport caused widespread headaches for travelers on Tuesday. The problems were fixed at about 12:30 p.m.

Most of Terminal B, which is home to Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and AirTran Airways, lost power around 7 a.m. Tuesday, forcing the airlines to cancel or delay dozens of flights.

Southwest â¿¿ which handles about 40 percent of boardings at the airport â¿¿ canceled 12 flights, KCI spokesman Joe McBride said.

McBride said there were intermittent power failures overnight Monday, then commercial electric service to the terminal failed Tuesday morning. The cause has not yet been determined.

⿿Aviation staff and (Kansas City Power & Light Co.) are on it, and hopefully we⿿ll get things going again,⿝ he said.

The airportâ¿¿s website,, shows relatively few cancellations and delays because it gets its flight updates from equipment located in the stricken terminal, McBride said.

He said arrivals also are affected, with many flights being held at their departing airports until the power issue is resolved.

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