Fog-shrouded airport grounds travellers

17:00, Aug 07 2012
The Barrett twins
FOGBOUND: The Barrett twins, Sarah and Scarlett, 9, and Sharon McKay wait for the fog to lift from Invercargill Airport yesterday.

Fog has caused havoc for business travellers and holidaymakers at Invercargill Airport, with flights cancelled and diverted on Monday night and yesterday.

Passengers looking to fly out of Invercargill yesterday morning were forced to reschedule their fights or find alternative transport to reach their destination.

Invercargill Air New Zealand manager Mike McGee said four scheduled flights could not land on Monday and there had been no departures yesterday.

A coach had been arranged to transport passengers to Dunedin for connecting flights to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, Mr McGee said.

Invercargill businessman Reece Mulligan said he was scheduled to fly to Christchurch for a connection to Melbourne.

"I am trying to find a way to get to Christchurch in time to catch my overseas flight," he said.

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The McKay and Barrett family were preparing to board the coach to Dunedin for a flight to Wellington to start a family holiday.

"There is not much we can do about the fog," mum Suzanne Barrett said. "It will all be part of the adventure for the kids."

Airport general manager Chloe Scala said flights resumed about 11.30am and it had turned into a nice and sunny afternoon.

MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett said light winds and clear skies combined to create perfect conditions yesterday for fog but with an easterly breeze expected today fog formation should be inhibited.

Passengers were advised to check their flight status with their airline.

The Southland Times