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CLOUDY COMPLICATIONS: Several days of fog in Longyearbyen results in multitude of cancelled flights, heightened problems with polar bears making repeat visits near town

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Dense fog in Longyearbyen the past several days has resulted in several cancelled flights during a crippled tourism season (now including the loss of cruises due to COVID-19 outbreak on one), plus an inability to detect and monitor polars visiting populated areas near Longyearbyen, according to officials and media reports.

Four flights cancelled since Sunday due to fog; forecast for Monday not promising

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Update #2: Flights are resuming normal schedules Tuesday and Scandinavian Airlines is providing an extra flight between Olso and Longyearbyen, with a stop in Tromsø, to accomodate the backlog of passengers.

Update #1: A Norwegian Air flight from Oslo is scheduled to land at about 9:15 p.m. Monday, one hour behind schedule, after skies began clearing during the afternoon. The status of other pending arrivials and departures was still not clear at 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Original story: All commercial and charter flights were cancelled Sunday and early Monday at Svalbard Airport due to dense fog, stranding about 260 people, and officials said the prospects for Monday’s flights are dubious.