LAX Lifts Ground Stop Issued at Airport Amid Foggy Conditions

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A ground stop was lifted early Thursday after foggy conditions at Los Angeles International prompted officials to halt the arrival of incoming flights from the western United States and northern Mexico.

Foggy conditions prompted a ground stop for some arriving flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Foggy conditions prompted a ground stop for some arriving flights at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

LAX and Federal Aviation Administration officials had  issued the ground stop about 7 p.m. on Wednesday due to low visibility ranging from 2,000 feet to 500 feet, according to a statement from Nancy Castles, spokeswoman for the airport.

Flights arriving from overseas were not affected, nor were those departing from LAX.

The ground stop was lifted around 1 a.m., according to a tweet from the airport sent shortly before 5 a.m..

Until the order was canceled, aircraft originating at airports up to 1,500 miles from LAX were being delayed from taking off at those locations, the statement said.

Inbound flights that were already in the air at the time the ground stop went into effect were not impacted.

Although flights were returning to normal, some delays were expected until at least 7 a.m., according to the LAX Twitter account.

Passengers, as well as motorists picking up arriving travelers, were advised to check flight status before going to the airport.

A dense-fog advisory for the Los Angeles-area coast was extended to 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. It had initially been scheduled to remain in effect until 4 a.m.