Heavy fog has disrupted airports in Sydney and Brisbane, slowed traffic and caused ferry cancellations in Brisbane.
Two Sydney-bound international flights were diverted to Melbourne early on Friday morning, but by 8.30am (AEST) flight schedules were operating as normal, Sydney Airport spokesman Michael Samaran told AAP.
In Brisbane, a Qantas flight from Los Angeles was diverted to Noumea.
Brisbane Airport spokeswoman Rebecca McConochie said there were no departures or arrivals at the airport at 7.30am (AEST).
‘Some planes are being diverted to other airports or are circling,’ she told AAP.
‘Visibility is down to 180 metres .. the fog is set in so heavily and there’s no signs of clearing.’
Many domestic flights would be delayed because of the knock-on effect through the day, disrupting passengers.
‘The best idea is for people to contact their airlines directly, because they will know specifically what’s happening with each of the flights,’ the spokeswoman said.
In Sydney’s western and southern suburbs, visibility was down to 200 metres, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advised.
Just after 8am (AEST) there was still thick fog at Bankstown and Richmond, but conditions had significantly improved in Sydney’s CBD.
‘It’s still only a couple of hundred metres at Homebush (in the inner west),’ a BoM spokeswoman said.
Traffic had cleared around the Harbour and Sydney’s CBD by 8.15am, but was still heavy in Sydney’s southwest, particularly around the M4 and M5 freeways.
Sydney Ferry operations were running normally at 8am (AEST), but in Brisbane the CityCat ferry services were suspended.
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