Fog delays flights at Bellingham airport

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 18, 2013 

Foggy weather has hampered flights leaving Bellingham International Airport and is likely to continue doing so over the next several days.

Two Alaska Airlines flights from Bellingham to Seattle were canceled and three Allegiant Air flights were delayed on Friday, Oct. 18. The delays were caused by the fog creating low visibility at the airport, while the Alaska cancelations happened because two flights were unable to land in Bellingham the previous day, said Port of Bellingham's Aviation Director Dan Zenk.

Airplane pilots need a quarter mile of visibility at the Bellingham airport.

"This only happens a few times a year, and this (time of year) is usually when it happens," Zenk said.

The forecast through at least Tuesday calls for fog developing each night and lifting by about 11 a.m. the next day, according to the National Weather Service. Depending on the visibility, more flights could be affected.

For those flying into or out of the Bellingham airport with this fog, Zenk said customers should contact the airlines to get status updates on flights.

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