Heavy fog affects air, sea traffic in northern Taiwan


TAIPEI–Fog affected the normal flow of air and sea traffic around northern Taiwan early Thursday, hampering departures and arrivals at the country’s main airport and harbor.

Some 39 outgoing and incoming flights at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country’s main gateway, were delayed due to the heavy fog, officials said.

Five incoming flights were diverted — one to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai and four to Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan, the officials said.

The fog dispersed later in the day but some flights were still being affected, according to the officials.

The disruption was the second in as many days caused by fog.

Meanwhile, Keelung Harbor in northern Taiwan was forced to close from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to the fog, said Keelung Habor Master Hsu Wen-liang.