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A widespread blackout left Melbourne Airport in darkness overnight, as well as thousands of homes across multiple northwest suburbs.

Just after 6pm on Wednesday, travellers said the airport had experienced a blackout twice within an hour after a generator kicked in, but then stopped working.

Check-in and baggage services were halted in the Jetstar and international terminals as the airport was plunged into darkness.

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Tullamarine was not the only suburb affected and the blackout was spread across northwest Melbourne.

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There were up to 17,000 households affected across Keilor, Sunshine North, Braybrook, Craigieburn, Footscray and Maribyrnong.

The power was restored by the end of the night and energy company Jemena thanked customers for their patience.

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However, there were still delays to travellers at Melbourne Airport as services were stalled.

One woman said her flight was delayed by two hours and others described the queues as “chaotic”.

The outage is believed to be caused when there was a fault during testing at a terminal in Keilor, the ABC reported.


A widespread blackout left Melbourne Airport in darkness overnight, as well as thousands of homes across multiple northwest suburbs.

Just after 6pm on Wednesday, travellers said the airport had experienced a blackout twice within an hour after a generator kicked in, but then stopped working.

Check-in and baggage services were halted in the Jetstar and international terminals as the airport was plunged into darkness.

Watch the latest News on Channel 7 or stream for free on 7plus >>

Tullamarine was not the only suburb affected and the blackout was spread across northwest Melbourne.

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There were up to 17,000 households affected across Keilor, Sunshine North, Braybrook, Craigieburn, Footscray and Maribyrnong.

The power was restored by the end of the night and energy company Jemena thanked customers for their patience.

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However, there were still delays to travellers at Melbourne Airport as services were stalled.

One woman said her flight was delayed by two hours and others described the queues as “chaotic”.

The outage is believed to be caused when there was a fault during testing at a terminal in Keilor, the ABC reported.

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