Fog may impact flights arriving and departing Canberra Airport causing delays. It is more prevalent in the winter.
What to do if it’s foggy
If the airport is fogged in, please contact your airline directly for flight updates.
As a general rule, even if there is evidence of fog at the airport, passengers should still go to the airport and check-in for their flight at the appropriate time.
Fog is not consistent and in some cases isolated aircraft are able to land, and then depart shortly thereafter, even though other flights are delayed or cancelled.
Which flights are most affected?
The major impact on aircraft operations from a heavy fog is aircraft arriving in the morning (typically before 9am), and the flow-on effect on departing flights using these same aircraft.
In almost all cases, aircraft parked overnight at Canberra Airport are able to depart on schedule, subject to the airlines’ and pilots’ decisions.
This generally applies to all flights scheduled to depart Canberra before 8am.
Avoiding fog delays
While there is never a total guarantee that you can avoid a fog or any other sort of delay, the following may assist in planning flights to and from Canberra, especially over winter.
If you are travelling to Canberra during the winter months, book an afternoon or evening flight to Canberra and stay overnight.
If you are travelling from Canberra in the morning, there is a significantly lower chance of being delayed by fog if you book a seat on an aircraft that has stayed overnight at Canberra Airport. This applies to most flights scheduled to depart Canberra before 8am. Otherwise, book on an afternoon or evening flight from Canberra. Note that the only way to guarantee no fog delays is to travel the night before.
How Canberra Airport is reducing fog delays
Canberra Airport has installed additional airfield ground lighting system that assists both landing and departing aircraft .
The new Category II lighting system provides better visibility for pilots and allows them to get closer to the runway during attempts to land. The system includes new touch down and runway centreline lights and enhanced back up reliability. It enables pilots to get to 100 feet off the ground before deciding whether they can land. For passengers, this will mean less delays due to adverse weather conditions such as fog.