Fog around the Island affecting travel plans

Fog around the Island affecting travel plans

Oct. 23 is the fourth day in past week fog has cancelled flights

Changing weather patterns today mean the recent run of sunshine is being chased away by fog, snarling travel plans for a number of Vancouver Islanders.

Heavy fog continued to roll into Victoria this morning, delaying or cancelling more than 10 flights out of the city.

On Oct. 23, Harbour Air’s flight schedule shows six flights to Vancouver Harbour before noon were cancelled due to weather. A flight at 12:30 p.m. could also face weather-related delays.

Helijet International Inc has also cancelled flights between Victoria and Vancouver on Oct. 23. It’s the fourth day in the past week that flight schedules has been affected by fog on Vancouver Island after delays and cancellations on Oct.19, 20 and 21.

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At the Victoria International Airport, four flights were cancelled on Tuesday morning.

Foggy weather also led to cancelled flights and calls for caution on the roads today in Campbell River.

Environment Canada said in an advisory that heavy fog has resulted in zero visibility – or nearly zero – for many of the communities on the Strait of Georgia, from Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay and from Courtenay to Campbell River.

“Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero,” according to the alert. “If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.”

The alert says that visibility will improve late in the morning, when fog is expected to dissipate as low level winds increase.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines confirmed that foggy conditions caused the cancellation of a 9:15 a.m. flight to Vancouver out of Campbell River. Central Mountain Air also cancelled a 9:30 a.m. departure for Vancouver.

Neither airline could say whether further delays would occur.

BC Ferries sailings haven’t been affected by the fog, because of the radar they use aboard their vessels, said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall.


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