1. Fog hits Delhi: Chaos at IGI airport as visibility plunges; number of flights delayed

Fog hits Delhi: Chaos at IGI airport as visibility plunges; number of flights delayed

Dense fog and poor visibility affected the capital for the second time in three days. Crowds in large numbers were seen waiting for their respective flights. Officials at the IGI airport revealed that services of over 100 flights were affected

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 2:25 PM
The flight operations at IGI airport in Delhi has been severely affected. (PTI) The flight operations at IGI airport in Delhi has been severely affected. (PTI)

A chaotic situation occurred at the Delhi airport Friday morning as dense fog and poor visibility affected the capital for the second time in three days. Crowds in large numbers were seen waiting for their respective flights. Officials at the IGI airport revealed that services of over 100 flights were affected as dense fog engulfed the national capital.

According to authorities at the airport, the morning temperature was as low as 12 degrees Celsius while the visibility level was less than 50 metres. Airlines have informed passengers of more delays. The flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi was also severely affected yesterday. Many other airports including Lucknow and Amritsar also reported delay in flight operations. Almost the entire of North India has been gripped with dense fog since two days.

Over 200 arrivals and departures of flights have been affected since two days owing to weather disturbance and other factors. The low visibility procedures were implemented by the airport authorities around 3 AM, which helped in carrying out flight operations in drastic conditions and thereby alleviated the situation somewhat.

According to a PTI update, the minimum temperature settled at 11.5 degrees Celsius in Delhi. According to the Safdarjung Observatory, the visibility was recorded at 300 metres at 8.30 AM, and foggy condition will continue.
“Forecast for next 24 hours is clear sky with fog at most places and dense fog at isolated places in the morning,” the weather official said. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 25 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively, the weatherman said.

Owing to the dense fog that prevails over the capital, 80-Delhi bound trains have been cancelled while 15 have been rescheduled. Chaotic situation also occurred at the New Delhi Railway station and the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station.

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