Domestic Flights Grounded at Sydney Airport

Domestic Flights Grounded at Sydney Airport

To cope, some global flights were allowed to land, but worldwide and domestic departures were delayed or cancelled.

Airservices is urging passengers to contact their airline for details of their flight status.

A Virgin Australia spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that "all flights at Sydney Airport are now grounded until further notice due to an air traffic control issue".

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

Whatever the root cause, air traffic controllers had to revert to manual operations at the country's busiest airport on a high-traffic day.

As a result, only a limited number of flights were able to land and depart.

The backlog of flights is expected to be cleared by early afternoon.

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There are long queues at check-in and transfer desks.

Some of the major airlines expect to put on additional services to ease the disruptions.

Some flights were also canceled.

ABC journalist Lexy Hamilton-Smith's 7.30am flight from Sydney to Brisbane was delayed.

Her flight from Perth to Melbourne overnight was cancelled and she was put on a flight to Sydney.

The airport's digital flight display includes a message reading "delayed to ATC radar failure", according to a Twitter image.

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