At least seven flights headed to the Albuquerque International Sunport were diverted to other airports Sunday night, due to dense fog that blanketed the city.
“We did see some flights that we had to divert last night that were scheduled to fly into Albuquerque, but the visibility was so low that we had to send those flights elsewhere,” Sunport spokesman Jonathan Small said Monday.
Small said diverted flights included five Southwest Airlines flights, one Delta Airlines flight and one American Airlines flight. Passengers on those flights are expected to arrive in Albuquerque later today, he said.
“This is my first time in my four years that I’ve seen cancellations or delays due to fog,” Small said. “This is something that we hadn’t dealt with before.”
Small said more cancellations were expected Monday morning and that airlines were working to get those passengers onto other flights.
A layer of heavy fog covered streets in and around Albuquerque Sunday night into Monday morning.
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a dense fog advisory until 11 a.m. Monday.
Visibility will be limited in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the Albuquerque metro area, the Santa Fe metro area and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, according to the advisory.
“If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you,” the advisory said.