Sydney siege: Airlines, regulator say Sydney Airport operating normally

Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on Dec 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while polic
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on Dec 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an "incident" at the nearby Opera House. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Airlines said on Monday that flights are landing and taking off normally at Sydney Airport, but a diversion is in place around the city's central business district after reports that a gunman had taken hostages in a cafe in the centre of the city.

The government-owned regulator, Airservices Australia, confirmed normal operations at both the domestic and international airports south of the city.

Qantas Airways Ltd said planes were avoiding flying over the central business district but were landing as normal.