Fog hits Christchurch flights

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 12:49 31/07/2013

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Hundreds of travellers have had their plans disrupted as heavy fog caused more than a dozen flights at Christchurch Airport to be delayed or cancelled this morning.

Among those affected was MasterChef winner Brett McGregor, who did not make it to Christchurch today as planned for the launch of the Let's Cook programme at Cobham Intermediate School.

While the fog had now cleared, there was a backlog of flights and travellers were being advised to check their flights.

Flights affected by fog had included those travelling to Auckland, Blenheim, Hokitika, Hamilton, Dunedin, Nelson, Palmerston North, Invercargill, Rotorua and Wellington.

Gillian Sharp, who drove from Timaru to pick up her partner, said after more than a day travelling from Britain, he was unable to land in Christchurch.

"A 34-hour journey and he is delayed when he comes here, not good."

She was now waiting for airline staff to tell her which airport he had been diverted to.

Trish Aitken was supposed to fly to Invercargill at 9am, but instead was camped out in a waiting lounge while her flight was suspended.

She was with the NZ College of Early Childhood Education and was due to take part in a careers expo.

"I've had to cancel school visits that I had this morning so I'm just hoping I get there this afternoon.

"But I know there is nothing you can do."

MetService said Christchurch could expect fine weather this afternoon, with a forecasted high of 15 degrees Celsius.

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