Passengers left stranded in terminals
Long Queues at Sydney Airport @Tim Swanston

Airports across the Australian east coast were thrown into disarray on Monday morning as an IT glitch led to dozens of flight cancellations

Passengers at Sydney and Melbourne’s domestic airports found themselves stranded with over 40 flights cancelled unexpectedly, 21 in Sydney and 20 in Melbourne across local airlines Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, as well as international charters American Airlines and British Airways.

It is reported that a nationwide computer outage experienced on Sunday night led to a ‘domino effect’ which has now seen long lines snake through airport terminals as airlines are left to deal with passengers without flights.

Travellers are reported to have voiced their frustrations with the delays and services on social media.

Cancellations add to Australian Airlines Woes

This adds to the recent disruptions experienced by Australia’s domestic airports, which have seen experienced multiple delays and cancellations due to technical issues and staff shortages and for it to“rebalance capacity and fares.”

Australian airline Qantas recently announced it was also forced to cut several flights from its schedule while hiking up the price of domestic flights due to higher fuel costs.

Qantas have spent more time on the ground as of late
Australian Airlines, including Qantas, has suffered continuing disruptions @Qantas

Travel Radar reported last Monday of similar technical issues causing delays for passengers at Sydney Airport, seeing lines of passengers spill outside the terminals.

It was also recently reported by CNN that Sydney Airport had ranked 9th in the world in a survey for most flight delays (occurring 34.2% of the time)  and 6th for most cancellations, with six per cent of flights failing to leave the tarmac.

*Travel Radar attempted to reach out to airlines, including Qantas and Virgin Australia, for comment on the cancellations but were unable to reach them.

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