Domestic Flights Grounded at Sydney 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

"As of this morning, the flight delays in Sydney have not had a direct effect on flights from the Rockhampton Airport", Mr Waters said.

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".

Frustrated passengers have been told a "nation wide system fault" is the cause of all flights out of Sydney being grounded.

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

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

"Flights are delayed due to an @airservices system issue".

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

Some flights were also canceled.

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

"The backlog here has to be cleared before we can even look like going to Hobart", Ms Wallace said.

The ABC understands the fault related to the flight planning system. The report explained that without it, controllers can not see which plane is which.

Domestic passengers at the airport tweeted photos of a departures board with flight status reading "delayed - due ATC radar failure".

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Travellers should contact their airline for flight updates.

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