Fog spurs major delays at San Francisco International Airport 

Blinding fog saturated the Bay Area on Monday morning, threatening major delays at San Francisco International Airport.

The fog was so thick that only one of the airport’s two runways were being used, Airport Duty Manager Dan D’Innocenti said. The runways are too close together and there wasn’t enough visibility to operate both safely, he said.

Due to the closure the, airport had to cut its arrival and departure rate in half, from about 60 to about 30 each hour, D’Innocenti said.

“If the fog continues, we’re probably going to see hour delays,” he said. “They’re talking about the fog lifting at 10, but I don’t see that happening.”

Some of the short hop flights from airports such as Monterey or Bakersfield faced major delays or cancellation. Some of the smaller planes don’t have the advanced navigation systems to land in the fog, D’Innocenti said.

The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory. The fog was likely to clear from the San Francisco area around 11 a.m., meteorologist Steve Anderson said.

D’Innocenti said it was some of the thickest fog he’s seen.

“When I was driving today, I had to slow down to 30 or 40 miles an hour on the freeway because it was so thick,” he said.

The conditions were not abnormal, Anderson said.

“Happens every winter time,” he said.

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