Updated: 1:30 p.m.
Flights to and from Kelowna were suspended for most of Wednesday morning due to dense fog.
Airport Director Sam Samadar said visibility was well below 1 mile until just before 11 a.m.
Some flights were canceled, delayed or diverted to other airports.
Pilots must look at least one mile ahead before landing and departing.
“The opportunity to actually land the aircraft… that’s not possible. Regulations don’t allow it. Of course, depending on the weather, there are places where you might have better visibility.”
“We use automatic weather stations that measure visibility, and the readings are transmitted to the air traffic control tower and flight deck,” Samadar said.
YLW says safety is its top priority.
“People will probably say we should have better instruments and things like that at the airport…We have the best systems you can get, but exceeding those safety margins is We cannot,” Samadar added.
Foggy mornings are likely to continue for the next few weeks.
Travelers should contact their airline to confirm flight schedules.
You can also head to ylw.kelowna.ca For more information.
Updated at 11:04am
Departures began Wednesday morning at Kelowna International Airport after fog caused delays for both arriving and departing flights.
WestJet Flight 3366, bound for Phoenix, managed to take off at 10:30 a.m. after all other flights Wednesday morning were delayed. Airport flight operations are expected to return to normal, but travelers are encouraged to continue checking online to see if their flights are affected by the fog.
Weather is causing some delays at Kelowna International Airport Wednesday morning.
Some flights are affected due to heavy fog around the Kelowna area. So far, two departing flights have been canceled, five others have been delayed, and seven arriving flights have either been diverted or delayed.
canada environment is reporting fog in the area, but there are no warnings, warnings or advisories as of 10:30 a.m.