Chaos at Melbourne Airport as ALL flights are suspended and inbound planes are ordered to circle after the air traffic control tower is evacuated
- Melbourne Airport was descended into chaos after all flights were suspended
- A fire alarm went off in the control tower, which lead to its evacuation
- No planes were allowed to land, forcing inbound flights to circle the airport
- Staff are now working to clear the backlog of delays caused by the suspensions
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport was descended into chaos after all flights were suspended on Monday morning.
A fire alarm is believed to have gone off in the control tower, which led to an evacuation and mass delays.
No planes were allowed to land at the time of the shutdown which forced inbound flights to circle the airport.
Melbourne ‘s Tullamarine Airport has descended into chaos after all flights were suspended on Monday morning
The chaos comes as thousands of tennis fans have descended on the city ahead of the Australian Open which is due to begin on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the airport, told 3AW staff are now working to clear the backlog of delays caused by the mass suspensions.
‘Flights were affected, both inbound and departing,’ he said.
‘We’re now working through the schedule to get everyone back on time.’
Air traffic controllers have returned to the tower and incoming planes have been allowed to land.