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Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Chaos as ALL flights at Sydney airport are GROUNDED

Chaos as ALL flights at Sydney airport are GROUNDED

"Without it, air traffic controllers can not distinguish which plane is which", reports the SMH.

"The issued has been addresses but the airport is not at normal capacity".

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

Authorities are expecting a backlog of delayed flights at Sydney Airport to clear after a computer glitch forced the cancellation of dozens of flights this morning. Inbound domestic flights headed for Sydney were held at their airport of origin until the situation was rectified.

Passengers were left facing hours of delays when the air traffic control software failed about 5am.

Windy conditions have grounded flights into and out of the capital on Monday evening.

Air Services Australia (ASA) said there had been a "system software failure" at Sydney's air traffic control at 5 a.m.

Airservices Australia confirmed "technical issues" as the cause.

Travellers should contact their airline for flight updates.

The Tourism and Transport Forum, an industry lobby group, seized on the disruption to call for the federal government to provide "further operating flexibility" by increasing the hourly cap on aircraft movements from 80 to at least 85.

Brisbane Airport passengers have also reported delays, although it has not been confirmed if they are directly related to Sydney.

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