SAN FRANCISCO-- Thousands of airline passengers put their travel plans on hold Friday morning after heavy fog up and down the peninsula grounded dozens of flights at Bay Area airports, officials said.

A total of 25 flights were cancelled at San Francisco International Airport, which were mostly short, regional flights, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said. The cancellations were about an even split of arrivals and departures, and 23 of the 25 cancellations are from Sky West airlines.

"It's mostly short haul, commuter flights up and down the West Coast that are affected," Yakel said. "We do have a delay program in place for short haul flights, and it's a little early to tell what the full effect is going to be. We are seeing delays in the 30 to 45 minute range as a result of that."

No flights were cancelled at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, but between 6:30 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., no flights were able to land in San Jose, and at least 19 departing flights were grounded. 2500 outbound travelers were impacted by the delay.

"This is an anomaly for us," said Rosemary Barnes, spokeswoman for the San Jose International Airport. "We only have about five days per year where we have flights delayed due to weather, and this is one of them."

Airport officials across the region advise travelers to check their flight status before arriving at Bay Area airports Friday, as the morning's delays may have residual effects on the day's operations.


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All San Jose operations began resuming normally about 8:25 a.m., Barnes said. No flights were delayed out of Oakland International Airport Friday morning.

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