Thousands of residents of Melbourne Airport left after dark after power outage

Melbourne Airport was thrown into chaos when a power outage brought check-in and baggage services to a halt.

Energy company Yemena reported on its website that more than 34,000 customers in northwestern Melbourne were affected by the power outage.

A spokesman for Yemena told the ABC that a failure during installation and testing at a Keilor terminal resulted in the widespread power outage.

Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Essendon, Flemington, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie and Strathmore were among the suburbs affected.

Power has since been restored.

A busy airport
Travelers were left standing in the dark when a power outage affected the lights and computer systems in the airport terminals.Twitter: Tim Baxter

Melbourne Airport said in a tweet that it was investigating the cause of the power outage in the terminals and apologized for the outage.

Check-in and baggage services have now resumed.

Affected residents are encouraged to report any power outages on 131 626.

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