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Flight chaos after Brisbane fog forces airport to cancel services

Saturday July 8, 2017 - 14:24 EST
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Brisbane's South Bank disappeared in a fog blanket on Friday night. - ABC

There has been more flight chaos in Brisbane today after heavy fog caused the cancellation of scores of services out of the city's airports on Friday night.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) spokeswoman Leonie Vandeven said 80 flights were cancelled and 40 diverted due to the fog that blanketed the city.

Ms Vandeven urged passengers to contact their airlines before heading to the airport today as the backlog would continue to pose problems.

"Today it going to be probably just as disruptive — if not more — than last night," she said.

"There's going to be lots of overbooked flights so it's not going to be a pleasant travel day today.

"Normally where we have 30 aircraft sitting at the domestic terminal we currently have three."



She said it could take the entire day to get the network back on schedule because aircraft that were meant to be in Brisbane were diverted to other ports, including some international flights.

Ms Vandeven said the airlines were working to get passengers where they need to be.

"We do have a lot of people coming to the airport, so my advice is again to please if you're travelling this morning or even today, double-check with your airline before coming to the airport," she said.



The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said conditions would be clear today.

BOM senior forecaster Diana Eadie said the fog was caused by rainfall during the day and a humid air mass over the region.

"It did lift quite early this morning though, which was good for international flights that came in quite early this morning, so they were able to get through, so it did lift about three or four in the morning," she said.


- ABC

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