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Heavy fog causes diversions from Adelaide Airport as flights get cancelled, passengers stranded

Monday June 4, 2018 - 13:38 EST
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Heavy fog blankets a busy road near the Adelaide Airport this morning. - ABC

Heavy fog has caused major delays at Adelaide Airport with a number of flights in and out of the city cancelled, leaving passengers stranded.

Adelaide awoke to heavy fog blanketing the city this morning which led to numerous cancellations for flights out of Adelaide and left some arriving planes circling the skies waiting to land.

An Adelaide Airport spokesperson said the fog was beginning to clear up with the first plane able to land just after 11:00am.

However, there were plenty of passengers still expected to face heavy delays throughout the afternoon.

"At the moment, arrivals is showing two cancellations, one from Melbourne and one from Canberra," the spokesperson said.

"Departures are starting to add up a bit now, we have five cancellations at this stage.

"That's actual cancellations, again that could change — obviously a lot of delays are for departures because the original aircraft didn't come in, or not on time."

Poor visibility caused 14 flights to be diverted, mostly to Melbourne, while other destinations impacted included flights to the Gold Coast, Sydney and Alice Springs.

Planes left to circle the skies

Incoming flights were also impacted throughout the morning, with a number of aircrafts made to stay in the air while it wasn't safe to land.

"Last time I looked they were pretty much starting to line up, that's up to air services how they control that," the spokesperson said.

"Some of them did that circling around for about half an hour before they turned around and went back to where they came from.

"There's obviously only so long they can do that before they decide that fuel becomes an issue.

"But backlogs as far as planes in holding patterns has cleared."

International flights were also impacted, but the spokesperson said a Singapore Airlines flight which had been diverted to Melbourne earlier in the morning, had now landed.

"There's an extra complication when you have international fights because it comes down to available crew," the spokesperson said.

"We'll start to get back to normal but I'd say there would be delays well into the afternoon.

"All up there was about four hours where nothing was getting in so obviously that has quite an impact."

Passengers left stranded, holiday plans in limbo

Holiday plans for many passengers have been left in disarray, with people left waiting for connecting flights across the country.

Jim and Di Roennfeldt were two of the many travellers stranded at Adelaide Airport

"I'm a little bit annoyed [because] we're meant to be going from Sydney to Airlie Beach, and to the Whitsunday Islands for 11 days [on a cruise ship]," Mr Roennfeldt told the ABC.

"To go to Sydney, and to have to spend three days in Sydney before we fly to Airlie Beach, will be a bit of a bummer on the holiday I'm afraid.

"And guess what — there wasn't an ounce of fog at Brighton this morning.

"It was dead clear. We couldn't believe it."

Traveller Pam Rosenzweig was also impacted by a delayed flight and said she looked set to miss the beginning of her holiday as well.

"They've [the cruise company] told us they won't wait for us," she said.

"We can't do anything about the weather … we booked it 12 months ago.

"There's no plane here for anybody to be able to go, so we've just got to wait for planes to come in."

Adelaide Airport has advised passengers who are planning to fly today to check with their airline for the latest details.


© ABC 2018

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