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Dense fog leads to diversion of flights due to land in Malaga

The fog covered coastal areas of Malaga city and other parts of the province.
The fog covered coastal areas of Malaga city and other parts of the province. / FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ
  • Twenty flights were redirected to Seville and Granada, as the airport closed to incoming aircraft

The dense fog that covered much of the city on Tuesday led to an almost unprecedented turn of events. Enaire, the organisation which manages local air traffic control, declared the state of 'Rate 0' between 10 and 11pm This meant that, due to the lack of visibility, no aircraft could depart from any other airport if it was due to land at Malaga.

During the afternoon and evening, 20 flights were diverted to Seville and Granada and another 14 were delayed and remained in their airports of origin until the fog lifted.

Finally, at 10.50pm, air traffic control gave the all clear and allowed normal service to resume. No flights departing from Malaga airport were cancelled, although many suffered significant delays.

This type of fog, known in Malaga as the 'taró', said meteorology expert José Luis Escudero, occurs when a warm south-southeasterly breeze brushes the surface of a cool sea at temperatures of 16 to 17 degrees.