There were major flight disruptions on Tuesday after dense fog descended on the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
About 200 flights were delayed, 20 had to be cancelled and eight were diverted after general visibility dipped to near zero at the airport. Departures and arrivals were delayed by two to five hours and passengers were stranded at the airport.
Visibility started dipping on Monday evening and by 10.09 p.m., low visibility procedures had to be implemented. Dense fog remained till 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, after which normal flight operations resumed.
The new runway, once again, was not used for most of the dense fog period and was only started at 9.45 a.m.
Passengers had a tough time after the domestic departure and arrival terminals got crammed. Terminals were choked and there were serpentine queues for security checks spilled on to the road outside.
“My flight to Cochin was expected to depart at 9.20 a.m. but now we have been told that it would take off after 2 p.m.. I don’t know for how long I would have to wait at the airport,” said S. Menon, a passenger.
“The airport is witnessing a fresh spell of CAT III-B fog conditions, which developed very fast and remained consistent for a long time,” said R.K. Jenamani, Director-in-charge, IGIA met unit.
At least 40 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by several hours on Tuesday as dense fog continued to affect rail services for the ninth consecutive day.
Several morning trains from New Delhi station were also rescheduled due to the poor visibility.