Dense fog disrupts flight, train services in Delhi
For the third day, dense fog has affected visibility at IGI Airport to the season’s lowest of 50m and affecting operations for eight hours.
According to media reports, six flights have been diverted and 138 were delayed, while 100 trains ran late in Delhi due to low visibility from Bihar to Punjab.
The fog, according to a TOI report, led to a seven-car pile-up on Yamuna expressway, in which one person was killed and 10 others were injured. Air pollution levels conti nued to be in the “severe” zone on Thursday.
Airport officials told the english newspaper that low visibility procedures were implemented at IGI at 3am and could be lifted only after 11am.
In Chandigarh, all flights originating from Delhi arrived late at Chandigarh International Airport because of poor visibility at the Delhi airport. The arrival of the flight got delayed maximum by four hours. An airport official said flights of Jet Airways, Indigo, Spicejet and other airlines from Delhi were delayed, reports The Indian Express.
On Thursday, flight operations at the IGI airport in New Delhi were also severely affected with a sharp drop in runway visibility due to dense fog in the morning, delaying more than 100 flights. Besides, 16 flights were cancelled for “other reasons”.
A total of more than 200 arrivals and departures of flights were affected on account of weather as well as “other reasons”.
Officials at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport said over 100 flights were hit by inclement weather in early morning hours as dense fog engulfed the national capital.
Airport authorities implemented low visibility procedures, at around 0300 hours itself, which helped in carrying out flight operations in such conditions.