Afternoon update: Flights resume at Norwich International Airport following disruption caused by fog

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
2:19 PM

Flights are beginning to resume at Norwich International Airport following the disruption caused by thick fog.

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Yesterday evening the fog forced the diversion of flights due to come in to Norwich Airport, and today the weather conditions had been continuing to disrupt flights.

No planes were able to land or depart from the airport this morning, but at 1.11pm this afternoon the BE541 flight from Edinburgh landed at Norwich Airport. Flights from Manchester and Aberdeen are also expected to land shortly.

The BE542 flight to Edinburgh also took off from Norwich at 1.48pm and flights to Aberdeen are estimated to leave at 2.45pm and 3pm this afternoon.

Passengers are beginning advised to check with their airline and the airport website for the latest information.

Earlier today flights to Amsterdam, Manchester and Aberdeen did not operate.

The passengers due to go on the Aberdeen flight were taken to Humberside Airport where the aircraft spent last night.

The KL1505 service from Amsterdam today was diverted to Cambridge Airport and the KL1506 service to Amsterdam was cancelled with passengers due to be on the Amsterdam-bound flight booked onto a later service.

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said: “Flights are starting to happen now. The fog has lifted enough to allow flights to start arriving. The Edinburgh service has already been and gone. We are basically getting back on track.

“We are still advising passengers to check our website for the latest information, but it looks like we should be getting back on track for the afternoon.”

Chris Bell, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said the fog was likely to last into the early afternoon, and advised drivers to take care on the roads as the freezing fog could cause icy conditions.

He said by mid afternoon most of the fog should be gone but it will be misty and murky and then become drier and brighter as the day goes progresses.

He said there was unlikely to be fog tomorrow.

“We have got a front coming in overnight from the Atlantic tonight so by late tonight we are going to see rain moving in from the west.”

Inspector Chris Brooks, from Norfolk police’s road policing unit, said: “In the freezing fog please put your lights on and leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle you are following to give yourself reaction time should conditions change in front of you.”

Norfolk police were called out to about 11 crashes from midnight until about 10.45am this morning.

At about 4.15am a lorry overturned on the A1075 Dereham Road, half a mile out of Watton just past the sports centre.

A Norfolk police spokesman said the driver of the vehicle was not believed to have been injured in the crash.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area while the recovery of the lorry and its scrap metal cargo took place.

At about 8.30am the ambulance service was sent to Theatre Street in Dereham where a boy, believed to be aged 12, was knocked over by a car. An ambulance service spokesman said he suffered minor leg injuries and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hopsital by ambulance.

Just after 8.30am a 21-year-old woman came off her motorcycle at Winfarthing Road in Banham. An ambulance service spokesman said she suffered a knee injury and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by ambulance.

Just before 9am at Ipswich Road, in Norwich, there was a crash involving a taxi and a bus.

A Norfolk police spokesman said there were no passengers on the bus at the time and that the city-bound section of the road was closed for a short while following the crash.

Soon after 9am a car, lorry and van were involved in a crash on the A47 Acle Straight, about two miles out of Great Yarmouth.

Police said no injuries had been reported, but a rolling roadblock was in place with traffic at a standstill Yarmouth-bound.

Also this morning, a car hit a telegraph pole on the A1065 at Hilborough, and there was a three vehicle crash on Queen Elizabeth Way, in King’s Lynn, a two-vehicle crash on Plumstead Rod East, in Norwich, a two vehicle crash on the A11 at Thetford, and crashes on Lower Lynn Road in Little Massingham and on St Peters Road in Watlington,

5 comments

  • Amsterdam? Manchester? Ooh very international!

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    Barny

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • A poor example, I'm afraid. It's really not that simple - NWI could upgrade its ILS (landing system) to the highest level possible, but the planes themselves would also have to be equipped to the same standard to take advantage. Certainly in the case of KLM, Fokker 70's and 100's do not have particularly advanced systems and so would still not have been able to land. I would have thought it's likely that most of the plane types servicing Norwich would have the same issue - so actually it would be a criminal waste of the Airport Development Fee to spend it on this.

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    Rob Emery

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I thought that the extortion racket money was to pay for airport improvements ?. Try purchasing equipment for the control tower, that will enable aircraft to continue operating in this type of weather.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • "V", you have no idea what you are talking about as usual. This occurs yearly at Norwich Airport, but it's only for a few days a year. If the fog was this bad at Heathrow or Stanstead then the flights would have been cancelled too. If you cant see more than a few meters in front of you, it ain't safe to fly!

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Airport Development Fee , or as I have heard it called The GOON tax Get Out Of Norwich Call it what you like its still robbery

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    Richard

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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