Egypt Independent

Dense fog disrupts air traffic at Cairo international Airport



The Cairo International Airport has suffered arrival and departure of a large number of international flights on Saturday as a result of dense fog cover across Egypt.

Take-offs and landings in Cairo airport and other domestic airports were impacted, while a large number of international flights were forced to change their course and land at airports outside the capital to avoid the poor visibility.

Sources within Cairo International Airport said that six international flights have diverted their landing from Cairo Airport to Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada airports, due to poor visibility over the Cairo airport runway in the early hours this morning.

EgyptAir flights coming from Riyadh were forced to land in Sharm el-Sheikh, alongside the Air Arabia flight from Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Airlines flight coming from Addis Ababa diverted its landing from Cairo Airport to Hurghada International Airport, alongside the Air Cairo flight coming from Riyadh.

The sources added that a Turkish Airlines flight coming from Istanbul airport this morning completely diverted its route on its way to Cairo and landed at the Antalya Airport until the weather conditions improves.

The Emirates Airlines canceled a flight coming from Dubai which was scheduled to arrive in the early hours of Saturday, alongside a flight from the Ethiopian Airlines which was also canceled.

Most flights scheduled to take off early on Saturday were postponed until weather conditions improved by the afternoon.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm