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Dense fog stalls flight operations at IGI

delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2009 23:50 IST
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Dense fog once again made its presence felt at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and flight schedules got affected on Sunday.

The Met department predicts more dense fog on Monday morning.

Fog descended at the airport on Saturday night and visibility dropped to near zero, stalling flight operations. At least 100 flights got affected due to fog throughout the day and 23 flights had to be diverted after they couldn’t land at IGIA. Eight flights were cancelled and five were rescheduled by airlines due to fog.

The fog suddenly descended on the airport at 10 pm on Saturday and low visibility procedures had to be implemented. Due to very poor visibility, operations of many international flights, which operate mainly at night, were affected. Only one runway was in use at the airport from 10.37 pm on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday.

Dense fog remained at the airport for close to ten hours and also affected flight schedule of domestic airlines. The cancelled flights included early morning flights to Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Kochi, Jaipur, Goa, Bhopal and Indore.

“The airport experienced fresh spell of dense fog from 9.30 pm on Saturday to about 6 am on Sunday. The fog intensified between 10 pm and 5.21 am and CAT III-B conditions prevailed,” said R.K. Jenamani, Director-in-chief, IGI Met unit.

However, the fog didn’t hamper too many flights in morning after a drizzle at around 6 am weakened it. “The light rain helped in improving the visibility,” he said. There were, however, delays in the arrivals after the large number of diverted flights came back to the IGI airport, leading to congestion.

The met department predicts that fog would come back to haunt the airport on Monday. “Humidity level in the atmosphere is up to 95 per cent and the wind is calm. We are expecting dense fog between 3 am and 9 am on Monday,” Jenamani said.