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Australia Melbourne airport chaos as dozens of travellers told to expect huge queues and delays

02:30  01 august  2022
02:30  01 august  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Dozens of travellers at Melbourne Airport have been warned to expect delays as giant queues are seen snaking across the terminal.

Passengers were confronted chaotic scenes at the airport on Monday morning with lines seen stretching all the way to the international terminal.

Queues also formed at the airport's service desk after three flights to Sydney were cancelled leaving travellers scrambling to get on another flight.

Similar scenes are unfolding at Sydney Airport where dozens of domestic flights have been cancelled across three airlines plagued by delays.

Dozens of travellers at Melbourne Airport have been warned to expect delays as giant queues are seen snaking across the terminal on Monday morning (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Dozens of travellers at Melbourne Airport have been warned to expect delays as giant queues are seen snaking across the terminal on Monday morning (pictured)

Twenty-one flights across Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and REX have been cancelled with some passengers given just a few hours notice.

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The chaos comes after the travel plans of thousands of Qantas passengers were thrown into disarray on Sunday after a nationwide computer glitch.

Hundreds of passengers were left on grounded planes on runways across the country after an IT glitch delayed up to a dozen flights.

Qantas said the issue was discovered at about 4:30pm on Sunday and had impacted 12 domestic flights with some grounded for nearly two hours. The glitch was fixed at about 6pm but caused delays throughout the evening.

Furious travellers keen to get home in time for the start of the working week took to social media to vent about the delays.

'Any update on your international computer outage impacting every single flight from departing???? Sitting on fully packed plane on tarmac for 90mins for 2hr is pretty ridiculous!' one grounded traveller fumed on Twitter.

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The computer glitch has also affected Qantas flights across the Tasman trying to take off in New Zealand.

'Still waiting at 7pm to leave on my Qantas plane from Auckland that was meant to leave at 5.40. Paperwork still has to be signed off,' one traveller wrote.

Wet weather as well as a surge in flu and Covid cases for airline staff has been blamed for the widespread delays and cancellations in Sydney and Melbourne.

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