Eight flights bound for Manchester Airport were diverted this morning as an unexpected fog settled on the region, causing low visibility between 3:00 am and 6:00 am. The inbound flights were all coming from vacation destinations such as Ibiza, Kos, and Rhodes, and hundreds of passengers were affected by the diversions. In fact, as many as 1000 passengers may have been on the diverted planes, which were sent to other airports, including Liverpool, East Midlands, and Birmingham.
By 7:00 am four of the flights were able to continue on to Manchester, but three were still waiting for landing slots and the passengers from the final plane were bussed to Manchester from Liverpool. Robin Thwaytes, from the Met Office, said that they gave a warning to Manchester Airport yesterday and that the appearance of fog is not unusual if the right conditions exist. These conditions include clear skies with little wind. There was high humidity yesterday, which made fog more likely.
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