Thu, Feb 10, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Fog forces brief airport closure, causes flight delays

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The haze that has enveloped CKS International Airport over the past few days again caused several international flights to be delayed yesterday.

The airport was shut down for half an hour yesterday morning due to heavy fog.

At 10:45am, the airport resumed operations, but special measures to control flight volume remain in effect due to the heavy air traffic over the Lunar New Year.

By yesterday afternoon, outgoing international flights to Kota Kinabalu, Macau and Tokyo, as well as incoming flights from Hong Kong and Okinawa, had all experienced delays.

As of press time, the total number of flights affected by the low visibility was not available.

However, according to an air traffic controller at the airport, visibility had greatly improved by the afternoon, and aircraft were taking off at 10-minute intervals.

"There are short time delays for some of the flights, but I would say the overall flight timetable has not been affected too much," the controller said by telephone.

According to the Civil Aeronautics Administration under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Taipei's Songshan Airport had not filed any reports of delays due to low visibility.

Travelers may check the Internet for possible changes in flight schedules at http://www1.cksairport.gov.tw/english/

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