Dense fog disrupts life in İstanbul

November 06, 2010, Saturday/ 16:41:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Heavy fog has paralyzed life in İstanbul and nearby cities, causing disruptions in traffic and flight delays Thursday night and Friday morning. Twenty-nine planes that were scheduled to land at İstanbul Atatürk Airport were diverted to other airports in İzmir, Ankara and Antalya Thursday evening and yesterday after midnight. Authorities noted that visibility dropped to as low as 50 meters at Atatürk Airport.Flights returned to normal after the dense fog started to disperse at about 3 a.m. on Friday, when planes that had been diverted to other airports began to transport their passengers and cargo to their original destination. Three Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Ankara, which had been set to take off at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., were combined and headed to Ankara at noon.

A THY flight to Jeddah, which was to carry pilgrims, was reportedly set to leave one hour late due to the dense fog with a possibility of further delay if the fog lingered.

The Bosporus was closed to marine traffic at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday and opened after the dense fog had dispersed at about 11 a.m. yesterday, the Turkish Straits Vessel Traffic Services (TSVTS) announced. İstanbul Ferry Lines (İDO) also delayed runs of the Eskihisar-Topçular ferryboat and other ferries yesterday morning. Visibility, which decreased to as low as 10 meters, led to disruptions in traffic.

In the meantime, the fog that started to spread Thursday evening and got dense yesterday morning also paralyzed life in Bursa, decreasing visibility to as low as 100 meters. The thick fog did not affect flights at the city’s Yenişehir Airport. State Meteorology Bureau officials warned Bursa residents that the dense fog may be a problem in the coming days especially in the morning time. 

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