System failure triggers delays at Sydney airport

Sep 26, 2017, 00:25
System failure triggers delays at Sydney airport

A power outage at Sydney Airport air traffic control has delayed or diverted 34 domestic flights this morning.

Travellers on social media reported they were stuck on planes on the tarmac.

Air traffic control's systems went down at 5.20am, grounding thousands of passengers at the start of school holidays.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman confirmed all of its flights had been grounded by the technical glitch. "Thanks for your patience", Sydney Airport tweeted at 7.24am.

As a result Air Services Australia (ASA) reduced traffic capacity to ensure safety standards were maintained.

"Our technicians are now working to rectify the situation", ASA said.

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Sydney Airport said in a message posted to its official Twitter feed that the "issue has now been resolved".

Anyone flying to or from Wellington Airport on Monday night is advised to check their flight information.

"We are working to have all guests on their way as quickly and safely as possible once the issue is rectified".

If you are scheduled to fly today, contact your airline flight times with your airline or keep an eye on the Rockhampton Airport Website here.

Qantas Airways Ltd, the country's biggest carrier, said in a statement posted on its Website that there were "significant delays at Sydney Airport affecting all airlines" without giving more detail.

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