Low visibility: How aircraft operate in foggy conditions

As winter closes in, the nights are getting colder and there’s more moisture in the air. Combine the two and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fog. Whilst it’s great for the photographers out there, we all know that fog combined with air travel normally results in delays and disruption.

Fog-bound airports are forced to reduce the number of flights taking off and landing every hour. This results in aircraft backed up at the gates and other aircraft going round holding patterns in the air, waiting for their turn to land.

So why does fog cause delays, and how do pilots operate differently to keep our passengers safe in foggy conditions? Here’s your guide.

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