Thick fog blanket over the capital disrupts over 100 flights

The continuously growing severe cold conditions with a thick layer of fog blanketing the national capacity, has resulted in the disruption of as many as 100 flights in Delhi alone.

“Due to bad weather (fog) for three days, over 100 flights are reported delayed from and to Delhi airport, some have also been diverted to the nearest airport,” a Delhi airport official told ANI.

Even though the congestion at the airport in New Delhi was being tackled amid a busy yearend holiday season, the problems of air travellers increased once more with dense fog covering most parts of north India.

The northern parts of the nation have been affected by poor visibility over the past few days, which has resulted in disruption of flight movement once again on Wednesday.

Citing another reason for the delays of flights the Delhi airport official, said that some airlines have not deployed their CAT-III-compliant pilots yet.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) advised passengers on Tuesday to check their flight status with the airline concerned as flight operations at Delhi airport was only for CAT-III compliant ones.

“While landing and take-offs are continuing at Delhi airport, flights that are not CAT-III compliant may get affected. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for the updated flight information,” DIAL said.

CAT-III Instrument Landing System (ILS) allows flights to land safely in low visibility. CAT III-B ILS allows aircraft to land with a runway visual range (RVR) of up to 50m with a decision height of 15m.

Over 18 flights were delayed till noon, most of which were bound to north Indian cities from Delhi, However, arrivals are on time, said Flight Information Display System (FIDS) at Delhi airport.

On Tuesday on account of reduced visibility doe to dense fog, Flight services were affected at West Bengal’s Bagdogra airport for around six hours, causing inconvenience to hundreds of passengers.

Airlines including Vistara, SpiceJet, and IndiGo expressed regret for the delays and diversions, on Tuesday.

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