More than 40 flights scheduled to land at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi were diverted to nearby airports as the bad weather hit the city. “Some 40 flights have been diverted to other airports due to bad weather,” an airport official said. According to the sources, there are six Air India flights out of the 40 diverted flights.
The rain started in the national capital around 9 PM on Sunday with dust storm reported in Palam observatory and Safdarjung.
Met department said in a statement that a dust storm blowing at a speed of 92 km per hour hit Palam observatory. The dust storm in Safdarjung was at a speed of 52 km per hour.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight was diverted to Jaipur due to the bad weather in the national capital while he was coming back to Delhi from Devangere, Karnataka.
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Meantime, airport authority held discussions with Civil Aviation Ministry to help it for getting weather updates “well in advance.” An up to date Weather forecasting system was their prime need put forward before the Aviation ministry as many flights in the airport were diverted due to lack of mechanism on weather. “Getting an update at the earliest would help in minimising disruptions to flight schedules,” it added.
The same problem was encountered on May 23 when more than 20 flights were diverted in Delhi due to bad weather and dust storm. On the day after the incident, the airport authorities have sought the Civil Aviation Ministry to put in place an error-free weather updating mechanism.