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Ready to tackle fog this year, aviation officials

delhi Updated: Oct 31, 2008 23:59 IST

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is confident air passengers will experience near normal operations even during the worst fog this winter season.

In a meeting of senior officials from the ministry, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), airline representatives and airport authorities on Friday, measures taken to tackle fog-related problems were discussed.

"We took stock of measures that have to be taken so passengers are not inconvenienced during fog," said K.N. Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. "We are confident fog management this year would lead to near normal operations."

The ministry has decided that morning slots and evening peak hours would only be given to airlines that have compliant aircraft and trained pilots to operate flights in dense fog in near zero visibility conditions. Pilots should be trained to use the Instrument Landing System, which has different categories like CAT I, CAT II and CAT III, to land aircraft in such conditions.

"Slots of airlines that fail to train pilots or have compliant aircraft will be cancelled even next year," Srivastava said.

While the ministry threatened to cancel slots of such airlines every year, it remained to be seen how strictly they act this winter.

Meanwhile, airlines had also been asked to take care of passengers stranded at the airport due to cancelled or delayed flights.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd., which operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport , had been asked to have standby arrangements for passengers if airlines fail to do so and bill the expense to the airline.