Dense fog hits Taoyuan Int'l Airport, strands 97 aircraft
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A dense fog hit Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Monday night, stranding up to 97 aircraft that were scheduled to take off.
February 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The airport resumed normal operations after 4 p.m. yesterday, after the fog began to lighten. The airport said that some aircraft were already prevented from flying on Monday night and, as the fog grew denser on Tuesday, most aircraft were grounded.
The fog was so heavy yesterday morning that the runways could not allow normal takeoffs and landings, airport officials said.
They added that the south of the runway was forced to shut down between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. yesterday, prohibiting up to 80 aircraft from undertaking normal operations. The delay affected more than 10,000 passengers who were scheduled for departure.
The airport company expressed apologies to travelers who were affected by the delay. Officials added that travelers or and those looking to pick up or drop of travelers could call the airport for an up-to-date aircraft landing and take-off schedule before heading out to avoid further problems associated with being stranded at the airport.
Meanwhile, Kinmen Airport also endured heavy fog yesterday afternoon, forcing 50 passengers to spend the night at the airport. The airport was shut down after 2:37 p.m., with fog still growing heavier as of 7:30 p.m.
The visibility was down to below 900 meters at around 2 p.m. and to less than 200 meters at 3 p.m., forcing all aircraft to abandon service. Although visibility was up to 800 meters at 7:30 p.m., the last flight to Kaohsiung was canceled.
Fifteen flights were canceled yesterday from the Kinmen Airport, affecting up to 1,000 passengers.
The Central Weather Bureau forecast that a continental cold front will head south today, which will lighten the fog.