After three days of massive flight disruptions at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, passengers got relief from the unrelenting fog on Tuesday. The breather, however, could be short-lived.
According to the Met department, the Capital will witness a spell of severe fog from January 31. “There will be fog on Wednesday, but it would not be dense enough to affect flight movements,” said RK Jenamani, director-in-charge, IGIA Met unit.
“However, the weather trend is pointing towards very dense fog from the night of December 30, or the next morning,” he said. Tuesday’s slight rainfall and more such expected drizzle in the next few days will only make matters worse.”
The airport witnessed some unusual fog phenomenon on Tuesday with relatively better visibility in the morning, which helped normal flight movements but dense fog in the afternoon. “The general visibility had gone down to 250 metres on Monday night but had later improved. The fog returned in the afternoon and the worst period was between 2pm and 4pm when visibility dipped to 350 metres,” Jenamani
On Tuesday, most of the flights operated as per schedule though the visibility was low. However, due to cascading effect of the past three days, about 60 flights were delayed while eight were cancelled. But unlike the previous three days, there were no flight diversions on Tuesday.
Low-visibility procedures had to be implemented thrice at the airport between Monday night and Tuesday evening with minimum visibility fluctuating throughout the day.
Though weather conditions are expected to remain similar on Wednesday, travellers should check flight status before leaving for the airport. “Delhi’s fog is very tricky and with the presence of cloudy weather, fog might disrupt flight operations anytime,” Jenamani said.