‘Historic’ weather conditions ground flights in North Norway

'Historic' weather conditions ground flights in North Norway
A file photo showing a view of Norway from a military aircraft. Photo: Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP
A weather system described as a “historically” low-pressure front has resulted in the cancellations of the majority of flights in North Norway.

Domestic flights operated by airline Widerøe were all cancelled north of Rorøs on Monday due to the low-pressure front, a situation that has never previously occurred, VG reports.

The airline’s 39-seat Bombardier Dash 8-100 aircraft are particularly affected by the weather, a spokesperson told the newspaper.

“All aircraft of that size which were scheduled to operate… from Røros and north towards Bodø are currently standing still,” Widerøe head of communications Catharina Solli told VG.

“We have never before experienced flights having to be suspended because of low pressure,” Solli added.

“It is very regrettable. It creates problems for people going to work or students travelling home,” she said.

The low pressure is particularly problematic for the aircraft type because it affects a vital instrument used for landing, VG writes.

SAS also confirmed that it had some delays on Monday, although these were primarily related to carry-over effects of bad weather across northern Europe during Sunday.

The unusual low-pressure front means that the issue is expected to persist throughout Monday, according to the report.

“There is very strong low-pressure all-over Norway with its centre in central Norway, where it is particularly low,” MET Norway meteorologist Pernille Borander told VG.

“We have a record in Norway from 1907. On January 27th of that year, the air pressure was 936 hectopascal, so it is beginning to approach the record,” Borander said.


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