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Sydney Airport power outage grounds all flights

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All flights at Sydney Airport have been grounded following a huge power outage on the first day of school holidays.

Systems went down around 5.20am, and while some planes have been able to land, no aircraft are able to depart the airport.

The flights were grounded, due to an air traffic control system fault, preventing all flights from leaving the airport. 

Thousands of passengers have been stranded at the airport, with reports of a system failure

Thousands of passengers have been stranded at the airport, with reports of a system failure

Thousands of passengers have been stranded at the airport, with reports of a system failure

Systems went down around 5.20am, and while some planes have been able to land, no aircraft are able to depart the airport

Systems went down around 5.20am, and while some planes have been able to land, no aircraft are able to depart the airport

Systems went down around 5.20am, and while some planes have been able to land, no aircraft are able to depart the airport

Domestic flights into Sydney from all destinations have also been delayed, with passengers told the flights could not land at Sydney Airport. 

Passengers were stranded at the Sunshine Coast, and flights were also grounded at Melbourne and Brisbane. 

 

Frustrated passengers in Sydney were told their flights were grounded due to a ‘nation wide system fault in the air traffic control systems’.  

The chaos comes as thousands of families prepare to head away on vacation for the school holidays, which began for many on Monday.

Travellers have been urged to check with their airlines before arriving at Sydney Airport on Monday morning. 

Airservices Australia, which is responsible for air traffic control, confirmed it was dealing with a ‘technical issue’ about 7.30am.

‘We are working to rectify the issue while managing traffic safely,’ it said.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sydney Airport for comment.

Frustrated passengers were told their flights were grounded due to a 'nation wide system fault in the air traffic control systems'

Frustrated passengers were told their flights were grounded due to a 'nation wide system fault in the air traffic control systems'

Frustrated passengers were told their flights were grounded due to a ‘nation wide system fault in the air traffic control systems’

One passenger appears to have been sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours - as he captures the sunrise from his window 

One passenger appears to have been sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours - as he captures the sunrise from his window 

One passenger appears to have been sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours – as he captures the sunrise from his window 

All flights at Sydney Airport have been grounded following a huge power outage on the first day of school holidays

All flights at Sydney Airport have been grounded following a huge power outage on the first day of school holidays

All flights at Sydney Airport have been grounded following a huge power outage on the first day of school holidays

Passengers have taken to social media to express their frustration with the outage, and the lack of information. 

‘At Sydney Airport and told air traffic control system is down Australia-wide this morning. It is unknown when we will be able to take off,’ Stephen Mally said. 

One woman who was sitting on the tarmac, said passengers were told the air traffic control was manually departing planes. 

The captain told passengers traffic controllers were managing about 15 planes per hour rather than the usual 80 per hour.  

‘Sitting on the tarmac at Sydney Airport and we’ve been informed planes are grounded nationwide. Apparently a radar tracking issue,’ Bill B said. 

Flights delayed over 1.5 hours from Sunshine Coast to Sydney Airport - one passenger reported from his plane seat 

Flights delayed over 1.5 hours from Sunshine Coast to Sydney Airport - one passenger reported from his plane seat 

Flights delayed over 1.5 hours from Sunshine Coast to Sydney Airport – one passenger reported from his plane seat 

This chaos comes as thousands of families prepare to head away on vacation for the school holidays

This chaos comes as thousands of families prepare to head away on vacation for the school holidays

This chaos comes as thousands of families prepare to head away on vacation for the school holidays

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