Fog lifts from Christchurch Airport

NICOLE MATHEWSON AND JODY O'CALLAGHAN
Last updated 12:58 31/07/2013

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Christchurch Airport is returning to normal after heavy fog disrupted flights this morning.

Hundreds of travellers had their plans disrupted as more than a dozen flights at Christchurch Airport were delayed or cancelled.

Among those affected was MasterChef winner Brett McGregor, who had to delay his trip to Christchurch today for the launch of the Let's Cook programme at Cobham Intermediate School.

Everyone flying in and out of Christchurch was earlier advised to check their flights because of heavy fog hanging over the city.

Affected flights included those to Auckland, Blenheim, Hokitika, Hamilton, Dunedin, Nelson, Palmerston North, Invercargill, Rotorua and Wellington.

A Christchurch Airport spokeswoman advised travellers to check with their airlines or the Christchurch Airport website for flight information posted by the airlines.

Gillian Sharp, who drove from Timaru to pick up her partner, said that 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 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 is with the New Zealand 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,'' she said.

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

MetService said Christchurch could expect fine weather once the fog cleared, with a forecasted high of 15 degrees Celsius.

However, tomorrow is expected to become cloudy, with lights winds and evening drizzle.

Rain is expected for Friday, with a high of 10C and northeasterly winds developing.

The patchy rain will continue on Saturday and will become heavier on Sunday, MetService said.

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