Apart from asking the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to gear up, the DGCA asked the AAI to instruct alternative airports to prepare for the fog season as flights unable to land in Delhi would be diverted to other cities.
The DGCA specifically asked the airlines to ensure that passengers were provided basic amenities at alternative airports when the flights are diverted.
Passengers stuck at nearby airports need not to worry as the aviation regulator asked the air traffic control (ATC) to give priority to diverted flights.
“ATC should sequence the aircraft and give clearance for take-off based on requests in order to avoid congestion, both in the air and on ground,” the official added.
Airlines were asked not to operate planes without with CAT-III facilities that allow aircraft to land in near-zero visibility conditions.
The regulator laid special emphasis on the first day of the fog. “Every year, the first day of the fog is a nightmare for passengers as airlines operate planes not equipped with CAT III facilities. They have been instructed not to repeat it this year,” he added.