A Qantas plane en route to Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast has returned to Sydney after being hit by lightning.
Flight QF2164 returned shortly after take-off this morning, a Qantas spokeswoman told AAP.
"Aircraft are designed to withstand and fly safely when struck by lightning but it is policy that they get inspected at their arrival port after a strike.
"Port Macquarie does not have the engineering support required for this inspection so the flight returned to Sydney," a statement read.
"At no point was the safety of the flight compromised."
Passengers were transferred onto another flight, the Qantas spokeswoman said, thanking customers for their understanding.