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    Default Fog at Auckland Airport - only national flights affected

    They said on the radio that there was fog at the airport this morning and 40 national flights were delayed or cancelled but international flights were not affected. Why is that? Obviously the international airlines have something that the national airlines do not. What is it and why do the national airlines not have that special something?
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    Default Re: Fog at Auckland Airport - only national flights affected

    Think I answered this a couple of months ago.

    Short answer (coz I'm at work) is larger aircraft that do international duties have many fancy avionics that read the ILS (Instrument Landing System) system on the ground. They can use this to guide themselves to the threshold of the runway with limited visibility with the pilot leaving things well alone. Depending on the rating of the ILS system the pilot can go to a lower altitude without visibility.

    Domestic aircraft will not be equipped with the very expensive electronics because it's not cost-effective. Diverting a A380 from Dubai is less appealing than an A320 from Wellington.

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    Default Re: Fog at Auckland Airport - only national flights affected

    Thanks for that allblack. I have often wondered how that worked. Okay, then, back to work.

    Much appreciated.
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