Got travel plans this Christmas? Avoid flying. The Met department has predicted dense fog from mid-December to January, which is likely to disrupt flight schedules at the Delhi airport.
"During this period, the airport will face CAT IIIB condition or zero visibility for at least 15-20 days," said RK Jenamani, director, IGI Met department.
According to Jenamani, the fog situation will peak between December 15 and 20. "It’s going to be worse than last year."
The Delhi airport has only one functional runway that is equipped to handle flight operations if visibility falls below 350m. A technical fault in the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Runway 28 has made it completely useless to handle flights during low visibility conditions.
"Last year, the Delhi airport had witnessed 105 hours of below 350m visibility that affected nearly 6,000 flights," an airport official said.
"There are some technical issues that will be resolved soon," an Airports Authority of India spokesman told HT last week.
Another problem that airlines operating from Terminal 1D will face is of taxiing.
DIAL is in the process of repairing one of the taxiways connecting Runway 28.
If all landings are pushed to Runway 29, airlines operating from Terminal 1D would need this taxiway to reach to the terminal.