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Fog disrupts schedules of over 200 flights

PTI  New Delhi, December 27, 2010
First Published: 19:30 IST(27/12/2010) | Last Updated: 19:35 IST(27/12/2010)

Thousands of passengers faced a harrowing time on Monday as thick fog continued to wreak havoc at the IGI airport badly affecting schedules of over 200 flights.

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Around 30 domestic and international flights were diverted, 25 others, including five international, were cancelled and over 150 flights were delayed by upto six hours, an airport official said.

Due to inclement weather conditions in New Delhi, Air France flight to Paris, Air India flight to Kabul, Kuwait Airways flight to Kuwait City and Jet flight from Dubai and Kuwait Airways flight from Kuwaiti capital were cancelled.

Jet has also cancelled its flights to New York and Newark from Brussels due to bad weather conditions in the US. But it is operating its flight on Delhi-Brussels and Mumbai-Brussels sectors.

Air India flight (AI-101) to New York, which took-off from New Delhi on Sunday, was diverted to Washington due to snow storm in eastern part of the US and heavy snow at New York airport.

"The flight will operate to New York as soon as runway at JFK will open. Also flight AI 144 from Newark to Mumbai of 26th December has also been struck at Newark due to heavy snow on the runway," an Air India spokeperson said.

Fliers had a tough time for the third consecutive day at the international airport today. Many were seen running from airport help desk to the airline counters to get the status of their flights.

"I had to attend marriage of my nephew in the US on December 30, but my flight has been cancelled today. I don't know how I will attend the ceremony," RK Chadda, who was arguing with the helpdesk person at the IGI airport, lamented.

The airline is not giving us any update or promising a seat in the flight, he alleged.

According to airport sources, most of the flights coming from European countries are bringing in smaller aircraft, which have less capacity, due to which their is acute shortage of seats.

Fog started to envelope the airport around 7.30 pm on Sunday and gradually became dense. The runway visibility hovered between 50 to 175 metres through the night, resulting in disruptions in flight operations.


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