Over 80 flights affected by fog in Delhi
Sanjay Jha | January 29, 2009 at 12:11 amby
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Winter continues to ditch Delhi and fog has disrupted the air and train services badly. Even as it is about to end, it is affecting the air services.
"No flights were taking off or landing at the airport as the visibility reduced to below 50 metres due to the dense fog which began to descend around 7am," airport sources said.
Airport authorities were caught unawares as fog suddenly enveloped the airport after a clear morning.
More than 40 flights departing from here were delayed by over two hours while four SpiceJet flights from Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Ahmedabad scheduled to arrive here at 7.45 am were diverted to Jaipur. Most flights arriving here were delayed by over two hours.
The fog reduced the runway visibility to less than 50 metres.
Early morning flights went as per schedule as the visibility was above 1,500 metres and general visibility was 100 metres at around 6.30 am.
All flights which were scheduled to take off after 7.30 am were badly affected, as passengers had boarded and doors were closed when the fog descended.
A huge backlog of flights has aggravated the situation as no flights were taking off.
Fog has delayed several flights this month. Flights were affected on Wednesday and over 50 flights were delayed on January 26.
Since December 29 last year, over 1,000 flights have been delayed and around 150 cancelled.