Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Technical glitch hits Sydney airport, delaying flights

Chaos... Stranded travellers wait for news at T2 Terminal Technical issue causes huge delays at Sydney Airport
Scott Davis | 09 March, 2018, 09:41

The airport is now experiencing technical issues at security and check-in desks, causing major interruptions to outbound flights. "We are working hard to catch up any delays", it said.

A technical problem hit the air hub of Australia's New South Wales state capital on Friday, when flight delays left crowds of worldwide and domestic passengers stranded for hours, according to Sydney airport authorities.

Inbound flights and Qantas flights from T3 remain unaffected.

Jetstar expects all their flights will be back on schedule by midday, after its morning flights were delayed by an hour on average.

Passengers are being urged to avoid these terminals as the airport staff work to resolve the issue.

We are proactively communicating with those impacted and we encourage passengers to check the flight status page on our website'.

The system failure has led to long delays this morning

The technical glitch and subsequent delays come several months after flights were grounded at Sydney Airport's domestic terminal in September a year ago, due to a technical fault with an air traffic control system, managed by Airservices Australia.

The interruptions caused processing delays, and passengers and visitors were told early in the morning to avoid the terminals.

The technical failure was resolved about 6.30am, 90 minutes after passengers were initially stranded.

All planes yet to take off were instructed to disembark so passengers could be re-screened.

She said Australian Federal Police officers were investigating the matter, but an AFP spokesman said the agency was not involved.

It affected systems including the airport's CCTV, meaning passengers could not be screened for about two hours.




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