Passengers face long waits as fog disrupts Wellington Airport flights

Fog has disrupted flights in and out of the capital all day.  Fog had returned by 4.45pm on Wednesday, clouding visibility on the runway.

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Fog has disrupted flights in and out of the capital all day. Fog had returned by 4.45pm on Wednesday, clouding visibility on the runway.

Passengers face frustrating 24-hour waits at Wellington Airport as flights continue to be disrupted due to fog.

Poor weather on Wednesday is delaying, canceling and diverting flights in and out of the capital, after settling in on Tuesday afternoon. Forecasts indicate the fog might not clear until Thursday afternoon.

Traveler Nicky Dunlop was due to fly to Dunedin at 7pm on Tuesday evening, when her flight was cancelled.

After staying in a hotel, she arrived back at the airport at 7am for a morning flight, but has not been able to leave – her flight has been re-scheduled twice throughout the day.

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A plane manages to take off in heavy fog at Wellington airport on Tuesday evening.

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A plane manages to take off in heavy fog at Wellington airport on Tuesday evening.

The wait was frustrating, Dunlop said.

“I am very much hoping that the flight will go ahead tonight, it’s just the not knowing. I don’t want to fly in the fog if there’s safety concerns, but it’s the not knowing when, that’s the issue.”

She said the other travelers on her flight had been waiting all day too.

Wellington Airport spokeswoman Jenna Raeburn said it appeared the fog was lifting, allowing one plane to land. However, the fog could return at any time, she said.

Passengers should check live flight information and check with their airline for any questions about cancellations.

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Latest MetService national forecast on March 30, 2022.

She said people should expect cancellations and delays would continue even after conditions lifted, as airlines were catching up with their schedules.

According to Wellington Airport’s website, successive arrivals and departures between 4pm and 6pm have been canceled and delayed.

MetService meterologist Tuporo Marsters​ said the mist and fog conditions could last until Thursday afternoon.

Lyall Bay is decked in cloud at the moment, though a small whole of sun was visible.

“Looking at the latest webcam, there’s a whole that’s just slightly open, and the sun is trying to get through, but then there’s another bit of low cloud coming in from the south because it’s a southerly flow.”

The fog has lasted 24 hours now – coming and going at different strengths.

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The fog has lasted 24 hours now – coming and going at different strengths.

But the fog was forecast to come back and stick around, he said.

“As the evening approaches that fog is going to creep back in again especially at nighttime. The best scenario is tomorrow afternoon, because that low cloud is set to stick around right through the morning.”

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