Dense fog causes low visibility and flight delays
Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada, faced some operational challenges on Wednesday due to dense fog in the area. The foggy conditions caused low visibility for pilots and resulted in some flights being temporarily grounded. The airport said in a social media post that normal operations have resumed after the fog cleared, but some delays may persist due to the weather and other factors.
The airport also advised passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport and to contact their airlines for more information. According to the airport’s website, several domestic and international flights departing from and arriving at Pearson were delayed on Wednesday. Some evening flights were on schedule, while others were cancelled or rescheduled.
Nav Canada adjusts flight arrival rates to maintain safety
On foggy days like Wednesday, Nav Canada, the company that operates Canada’s civil air navigation system, regularly assesses visibility and adjusts hourly flight arrival rates to maintain safe operations. This means that fewer flights can land or take off at the airport during periods of low visibility. Nav Canada also provides air traffic control services and weather information to pilots and airport staff.
Nav Canada spokesperson Brian Boudreau said that the foggy conditions on Wednesday were unusual for this time of the year and that they affected several airports in southern Ontario. He said that the company works closely with the airport and the airlines to minimize the impact of weather on flight operations and to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.
Environment Canada issues fog advisory for Mississauga area
Environment Canada issued a fog advisory for the Mississauga area, where the airport is located, on Wednesday morning. The advisory warned that near zero visibility may occur in some areas due to dense fog and that drivers should exercise caution on the roads. The advisory also said that the fog may improve after rain passes through in the afternoon and evening, but could deteriorate again after the rain stops.
Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng said that the fog was caused by warm and moist air moving over the cold snow-covered ground. He said that the fog was expected to dissipate by Thursday morning as a cold front moves in and brings cooler and drier air. He also said that the weather forecast for the rest of the week looks more favourable for flight operations at the airport.
Toronto Pearson airport serves millions of passengers every year
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the main international airport serving the Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding regions. The airport handles over 50 million passengers and 470,000 flights every year, making it the second busiest airport in North America by international passenger traffic. The airport is also a major hub for cargo and mail operations, handling over 500,000 tonnes of goods annually.
The airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, that serve domestic, transborder, and international flights. The airport also has five runways, ranging from 9,000 to 12,500 feet in length, that can accommodate various types of aircraft. The airport is operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, a non-profit organization that manages and develops the airport facilities and services.