Flights have been delayed, cancelled or diverted in the last hours as they could not land or depart from the Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. The reason for the unprecedented trouble for hundreds of passengers was apparently thick fog covering the airport and the sky for second consecutive day.
The problems caused by fog at Macedonia airport on Monday were overcome just a few minutes before 11:00 on Monday, Fraport press official Yiannis Papazoglou announced earlier, although still an Olympic flight to Mytilini scheduled for 14:40 was cancelled.
Speaking to media, stranded passengers complained about the cancellations and the delays stressing that they had no sufficient information about what’s next. Several had missed connection flights in other European cities.
Two Turkish Airlines flights for Istanbul were cancelled, as well as a Ryanair flight from Athens.
According to the airport’s official website, three more flights by Olympic Air from Thessaloniki to Athens and vice versa were not carried out.
“The pilot of a flight from Larnaca to Thessaloniki decided to land the aircraft at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos airport,” said Papazoglou.
Passengers due to travel on Monday should visit the official website of Macedonia airport -www.skg-airport.gr- to be informed on possible flight changes.
Fog is an often phenomenon in Thessaloniki in November and December but this time the flight conditions are difficult due to construction works in the main runway.
According to local media thestival.gr, the runways currently used for landing and take-offs is smaller and “despite upgrading that do not have the ILS system,” an instrument landing system that enables aircraft to land if the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway. It does this by way of transmitted radio signals.
The works are being conducted by the Infrastructure Ministry and are expected to last until beginning of March 2018.
Thestival.gr reminds that local bodies had objected the works to be conducted amid the tourist reason.