Sydney Airport Loses Air Traffic Control

Ann Santiago
September 26, 2017

Several flights were grounded at Sydney Airport's domestic terminal on Monday over the peak morning travel period, due to a technical fault with an air traffic control system, which has since been resolved.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Sydney Airport and Airservices Australia, which is responsible for air traffic control.

The bank up of people resulted in, well, a little chaos.

Arrivals are still coming into the airport, but delays have been reported.

Twitter is, of course, having somewhat of a field day. "Without it, air traffic controllers can not distinguish which plane is which", reports the SMH.

Anyone flying to or from Wellington Airport on Monday night is advised to check their flight information.

Some of the country's major airlines have put on extra services to ease the disruption.


Ms Ibbottson said the airlines had not handled the situation well.

The ABC understands the fault related to the flight planning system.

About 15 planes can land and depart per hour using manual air traffic control methods, but there are usually about 50 movements per hour.

This feeds into the radar picture and without it, controllers can not see which plane is which.

The Qantas departure board lists flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide as "delayed due ATC Radar Failure".

Travellers should contact their airline for flight updates.

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