Investigation launched into flight chaos caused by air traffic control outage

Ashley Carr
September 26, 2017

So far, it's unknown when flights will be able to take off - stranding passengers on the first day of school holidays and causing chaos at the airport.

Sydney airport urged travellers to be patient. "We are working hard to clear the backlog of flights", Air Services Australia spokeswoman Sarah Fulton said.

Airservices Australia also confirmed the issue, writing "we have a confirmed technical issue @SydneyAirport".

"The problem is not fully resolved as yet, however our technicians are now working to rectify the situation", a spokesperson said.

The outage has effected all domestic flights leaving Sydney - some boarded then sat on the tarmac, while others were outright cancelled. "Please check with your airline for flight status", the airport's official account said.

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Melbourne passengers have been advised to check for delays with their airline.

The air traffic control system failure was reported to have occurred at 5am (AEST) and was restored at approximately 9am (AEST).

"Virgin Australia is working to have all guests on their way as quickly and safely as possible".

People who are scheduled to fly today are encouraged to check flight times with their airline.

The New Daily has contacted Sydney Airport and Qantas for comment.

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