After about three weeks, fog made a comeback at the Delhi airport on Monday, disrupting flight schedules.
A number of flights were delayed in the morning. While 13 flights were cancelled, three had to be diverted after dense fog descended at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). Fog started to set in at 3am and dense fog enveloped the airport by 7am, bringing the visibility below 100 metres.
The situation began improving after 8.30am but low visibility procedures remained till 12.30 pm.
The unexpected fog took everyone by surprise, resulting in chaos in the morning. The met department had forecast nearly fog-free days at the airport in the last days of winter.
“After the temperature suddenly dropped at night and the wind remained calmed, dense fog developed at the airport,” said RK Jenamani, director-in-charge, IGIA met unit.
“There are few chances of dense fog on Tuesday and even if it sets in, it will remain for a lesser duration.”