Six flights, including the first chartered flight of the tourist season from Russia, were diverted to Bangalore and Mumbai today as thick fog enveloped the Goa International Airport at Dabolim in South Goa.
“Three international and domestic flights each were diverted this morning to Mumbai and Bangalore airports as visibility continued to be very low,” Dabolim Airport Director BCH Negi, told PTI.
Flights from Sharjah, Muscat and a chartered flight from Moscow had to be diverted to Bangalore, he said.
Two flights that had arrived from Bangalore and one from Mumbai were sent back to their respective airports.
The first chartered flight operated by Concord Exotic Voyages (P) Ltd, carrying the first batch of nearly 500 tourists from Russia would have marked the onset of the tourist season in Goa.
The state tourism department had planned a grand welcome of the tourists at the airport.
Negi said the visibility continues to be low at the Dabolim airport and situation is being constantly monitored by the airport authorities.