Flights Resume But Long Delays Expected After Sydney Airport Control Tower Evacuated

A large backlog of flights have been given the all clear to start departing, after they were grounded for more than hour on Friday morning.

Air Services Australia confirmed the Sydney Air Traffic Control Tower was evacuated after smoke was detected.

Fire and Rescue NSW said Air Services Australia responded to reports of light smoke from the control tower at around 11.40am.

Flight Radar 24 shows a number of emergency vehicles at Sydney Airport.

Planes were temporarily grounded, with no planes coming in and out for a short time.

Fire and Rescue NSW said 20 people needed to be evacuated from the building.

The airport began processing arrivals and about half an hour later, departures where also permitted.

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Two trucks were dispatched from Fire and Rescue NSW.

A short circuit battery had overheated and started smoking.

Virgin Australia said none of their aircraft are arriving or departing.

Several passengers shared their experience on Twitter.

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