Fog disrupts flight services at IGI airport

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 31, 2011 Published on January 31, 2011

Planes standing at Terminal 3 of the IGI Airport as fog disrupts the movement of flights in New Delhi. (file photo)   -  PTI

Air operations at the IGI airport here virtually come to a standstill this morning due to dense fog which disrupted the schedule of over 20 flights and led to the diversion of two others.

A Jet Airways flight from Abu Dhabi was diverted to Mumbai while a Spicejet flight from Mumbai was diverted to Jaipur after the general visibility dropped to less than 50 metres, an airport official said.

Most of the flights scheduled to depart early morning were delayed as the runway visibility dropped to 75 metres, far below the required minima of 125 metres.

Fog started to become dense around 3 a.m. forcing the authorities to implement low visibility procedures on the third runway at 3.32 a.m.

Visibility at the main runway also started to deteriorate around 5.30 a.m. and the authorities implemented the low visibility procedures at 5.45 a.m.

The visibility hovered between 75 to 100 metres due to which no take-offs were possible resulting in the delay of over 20 flights, the official said.

Published on January 31, 2011
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