Heavy fog causes flight delays at SFO, San Jose

Flights into San Francisco International Airport today are delayed today because of low cloud ceilings and reduced visibility, an airport duty manager said.

Arrival delays of about 30 minutes up to one hour at SFO began at about 9 a.m. and will continue, with the possibility of increased delays, until about 1 p.m., airport Duty Manager Linda Perry said.

Departure flights on planes that are arriving late at the airport will also be delayed, Perry said.

Unusually dense fog in the South Bay completely halted air traffic at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport beginning at about 6:30 a.m. this morning, airport spokesman Rich Dressler said.

Heavy fog typically slows arrivals into the airport, but the extensively diminished visibility at the airport this morning stopped all departures and arrivals into the airport for about three hours, Dressler said.

“To be honest we have not had this kind of thick fog in years,”

Dressler said. “This is an unusual weather situation for us here in the South Bay.”

Departures began leaving the airport at about 9:30 a.m., he said, but arrivals are still being diverted away from San Jose to Reno/Tahoe International Airport and Monterey Peninsula Airport.

About 15 to 20 planes had been affected by delays as of about 10 a.m., and residual delays of several hours are expected throughout the day until flights are caught up to schedule, Dressler said.

Passengers are asked to contact individual airlines for departure and arrival times and rescheduled flights.

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