London: The first in-person meeting of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic has been thrown into chaos by a heavy fog which has blanketed the summit site and prevented world leaders from landing.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is one of several key world leaders to have their travel schedule disrupted because the airport has been deemed too dangerous for some planes.
He has been forced to land at another airport near London – a five-hour drive from the G7 event in the seaside town of Carbis Bay, south west England.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson selected the Cornwall site to showcase the region’s natural beauty and warm temperatures over summer but a thick fog rolled across the region on Thursday afternoon local-time and has not lifted.
US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are thought to be the only world leaders to make it into Cornwall before the fog set in at Newquay airport, which was to be used for all arrivals.
The situation will delay the arrivals of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korea’s Moon Jae-In and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will also be affected.
The first face-to-face gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began last year, the G7 summit is slated to run over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.