Unexpected staff absences at Sydney Airport lead to flights being delayed and cancelled

 Friday, January 18, 2019 


Due to a sudden shortage of air traffic controllers, several flights would be delayed and cancelled at the Sydney Airport leading to long waits. Airservices Australia said: “We had a number of unexpected staff absences in the Sydney Tower today.”  At least 14 Jetstar flights have been cancelled, as well as seven Qantas services.




Several airlines are contacting affected travellers throughout the day via text and email. One text from Qantas to a passenger read: “Due to a shortage of Air Traffic Controllers, your flight to/from Sydney on 18 January may be delayed or cancelled.” Jetstar is offering vouchers as refunds for cancelled flights.




As per Airservices Australia, the staff shortage was due to ‘a mix of illness and other personal reasons’ and it is dealing with the issue. To make up for the unexpected staff absences in the Sydney Tower today, replacement staff is being arranged and situation is expected to improve.




Sydney Airport said all affected flights were at the domestic terminal and disruption to services is not anticipated over the weekend.



Almost 40 services across all airlines have been affected – they are either cancelled or delayed. Travellers are advised to expect delays and cancellations at the Sydney Airport.



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