Heavy fog didn’t stop world’s biggest passenger jet from landing at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario


Published January 31, 2024 at 5:48 pm

Airbus A380 flight arrives through the heavy fog at Pearson Airport in Mississauga
An Emirates Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, arrives through heavy fog last week at Pearson Airport in Mississauga. (Photo: Pearson Airport)

In what could be described as an aviation variation of the postal carrier’s motto, neither rain nor snow nor … heavy fog could keep one particularly impressive aircraft from landing in less-than-ideal conditions last week at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

In fact, it was the world’s largest passenger jet that eerily emerged from the extremely dense fog above Pearson’s runways just in time to land safely after a journey of about 6,875 miles (11,065 kilometres).

With numerous flights both into and out of Pearson delayed or cancelled last Wednesday into Thursday due to poor visibility brought about by the thick fog that had blanketed much of the GTA, still many flights managed to land safely — including the Emirates Airbus A380 passenger jet arriving from Dubai that impressed Pearson officials.

“The sunny weather coming this week will be a big change from the extreme fog Toronto Pearson saw just a few days ago,” airport officials said in a post to social media this afternoon that included a photo of the inbound Airbus. “Throwback to the world’s largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, arriving in the fog last week from Dubai!”

The huge, wide-body jet can carry anywhere from 525 or so passengers to upwards of 850 depending on the aircraft’s configuration.

One person who commented on the Pearson Airport post said of the photo, simply: “Cool photo of the airplane.”

Numerous flights into and out of Pearson have been impacted over the past two weeks due to a range of issues from nasty winter weather in the GTA or elsewhere in Canada and around the world to strike action at a German airport and heavy fog in and around Pearson.

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