SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- Arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport will be delayed 30 to 60 minutes Friday until weather conditions improve, a spokesman said.
Low cloud ceilings made it unsafe Friday morning for planes to land side-by-side, cutting the airport's rate of arrivals in half, SFO spokesman Michael McCarron said. The airport can normally handle about 60 arrivals per hour and is currently only taking about 30.
The delays came as news broke Friday that SFO was ranked 64th out of the 65 major airports in the U.S. for on-time arrivals and departures, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
McCarron declined to comment on the ranking but said of the delays, "We can't control the weather. The way the runways are configured, we're going to have delays when there are low clouds because we have to run the arrivals single-file."
Other airports don't face the same problem, but also don't handle nearly the traffic SFO does, he added. The airport announced earlier in August that some 21.4 million passengers boarded flights at SFO during the fiscal year that ended in June, outpacing the previous record of 20.2 million set in 2000.
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