Annoyed at waiting for long hours in the aircraft at the fog-hit Delhi IGI Airport? Well, the central government has come to your rescue. On Wednesday the government has asked all the airlines not make the passengers board the aircraft in the Delhi IGI Airport unless the Met department reports suggest the ”reasonable certainty” about visibility improving, Times of India reported. The government has also said that the planes lined up for takeoff should take off within an hour. Given the adverse condition that the fog is having on the train and flight schedule, the government has come up with the decision to ease passengers’ flying experience. On the New Year day, flyers had spent hours inside the aircraft at the IGIA waiting for their planes to take off which had agitated most.
The aviation authorities have further decided to ask the security agencies to allow passengers who have spent long hours in planes waiting for the flight to take off to deboard and get back once the flight is actually set to take off. These decisions were taken by the aviation ministry after a meeting with stakeholders after the Met department has announced the Indo-Gangetic plain is set to witness the world’s biggest fog layer. the Airport Authority of India will further meet today tgo figure out how th existing standards are apt for handling the present condition and what all has to be improved.
Over 200 planes flying into and out of Delhi were delayed, diverted or cancelled as the season’s “worst” fog reduced visibility to 50 metres at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on the New Year’s eve. Over 150 flights were delayed, nearly 50 diverted and an estimated 20 were cancelled. No flights could take-off from Delhi for nearly four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am, according to an airport official. Take-offs from the IGI Airport require a minimum visibility range of 125 metres. However, as Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called the CAT IIIB system, aircraft qualified to land in the visibility of 25-50 metres could arrive. There were, however, nearly 50 diversions to nearby airports as many pilots deployed by airlines were not CAT IIIB compliant, the source said.