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SFO Flights Recovering After San Diego Power Outage

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Passenger Michael Moretti waits at the baggage pick-up at San Diego International Airport after a massive blackout hit Southern California September 8, 2011 in San Diego. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) – One San Francisco-bound flight each from United, Southwest and Virgin America airlines were canceled after power was knocked out to millions of people in San Diego and Orange counties and parts of Arizona and Baja California, airport duty manager Nancie Parker said.

San Diego Gas & Electric was able to restore power by 3:25 a.m. and San Diego International Airport reopened at about 4:30 a.m.

All flights out of San Francisco International Airport were operating normally Friday morning, Parker said.

The power outage was apparently caused by a major electric transmission system failure in western Arizona and the loss of a key connection with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, according to SDG&E.

Eleven flights between SFO and SAN were canceled Thursday night after the power outage hit San Diego and Orange counties and parts of Arizona and Baja California.

SFO airport duty manager Bob Rotiski said eight flights headed to San Diego and three flights arriving into SFO from San Diego were canceled throughout Thursday evening and night.

Three carriers fly between SFO and San Diego International including Virgin America, United and Southwest airlines.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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