Fog disrupts flights at Delhi airport

The dense fog at the IGI airport this morning brought down the visibility considerably low, delaying the flights by up to two hours, airport sources said.

Also, poor weather at other north Indian cities forced the airlines to reschedule their flights to and from the national capital.

Poor visibility at the airports in Chandigarh, Patna, Srinagar and Amritsar forced the airlines to reschedule their flights by up to four hours, the sources said.

The dense fog enveloped the city’s airport and brought down the visibility to about 150 metres while runway visibility dipped to a low of 250 metres.

“The runway visibility hovered between 200 to 350 metres at around 8 am, leading to implementation of CAT-III instrument landing system,” Director of the Indira Gandhi International Airport MeT department R K Jenamani said.

In a cascading effect, the flight delays continued despite an improvement in the runway visibility which began to improve the after 10 am.

Jenamani said in coming few days the Delhi Airport will experience dense fog.
Unlike last year, Delhi has not experienced any major flight disruption or diversion due to dense fog this time around.

Over 1,000 flights were delayed last season despite two CAT-III B compliant runways at the Delhi airport.

In an effort to reduce the number of flight delays and cancellations due to fog, the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have asked the airlines to deploy their CAT-III B equipped aircrafts.

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