June 14, 2008

Fog Closes Airport As City Bathes in Sunlight

FOR AUCKLANDERS the weather was just plain weird. While most of the city bathed in sunlight, fog closed the airport for much of yesterday and badly disrupted air travel.

Out on the runway pilots were greeted with the unusual scene of the eastern half of the runway in clear sunshine while those taking off to the west hit dense fog seconds after takeoff.

By about 2pm the airport was trying to resume normal operations.

Airlines had cancelled 60 domestic arrivals into Auckland and 53 out of Auckland. Twenty-seven international flights were rescheduled or delayed, one departing flight was cancelled and one arrival cancelled.

Former actor and now Shortland St scriptwriter Ellie Smith said she had been "big time inconvenienced" by the delays.

Due to graduate yesterday with an MA in creative writing from Victoria University, Smith spent most of the day trying to find space on a flight once the fog cleared.

Rugby fans travelling to Auckland for last night's pivotal Hurricanes match against the Blues at Eden Park also had their travel plans thrown into disarray.

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