Thick fog puts paid to Jean Claude Juncker’s scheduled visit to Portugal

Thick fog that enveloped Lisbon, and many other parts of the country, this (Thursday) morning meant that a scheduled visit to the capital by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker had to be cancelled.

It is not clear whether Juncker’s trip will be rescheduled, but pundits will no doubt be drawing analogies between the weather and the (real) state of the Portuguese economy.

Suffice it to say, Juncker was not the only person to experience a change to travel plans.

A spokesman for ANA airports authority told reporters that at least two flights were cancelled this morning and five diverted to either Porto or Faro.

The resulting congestion in the skies has made this a difficult day all-round at the nation’s three airports.

Jornal Económico reports that Juncker’s trip was meant to have taken in “bilateral meetings with the President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and with the prime minister” and he would have gone on to “participate this afternoon in the diplomatic seminar on the invitation of António Costa”.

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