LAX: Four-hour FAA ground stop impacts flights Wednesday morning

Air traffic control slowed flights to Los Angeles International Airport for about four hours Wednesday morning due to fog. We’re not San Francisco, but because the airport is right on the Pacific Ocean, this happens with some regularity.

Before noon on Wednesday, among large carriers, Fedex diverted two flights while Aeromexico diverted one. Among smaller regional airlines, Skywest diverted five flights and Compass diverted one. Skywest flies under the United Express, American Eagle and Delta Connection brands, while Compass flies as Delta Connection.

Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration based in Los Angeles, was kind enough to answer some simple questions for me about the ground stop via email.

How long was the ground stop? Looks like 5:55 to 9:20 a.m. (Update: Since Ian and I spoke, there was another ground stop between 10:25 and 11:30 a.m. For the latest information, try the FAA’s website.)

Were both arrivals and departures impacted? Some LAX arrivals were temporarily held at departure airports within approximately an hour’s flying time from LAX. A few airborne flights diverted to Ontario.

What changes during poor weather? Is there increased spacing? – Increased
spacing, some airlines have policies that don’t allow crews to land in the
worst fog conditions, some crews are not trained to land in the worst fog
conditions.

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