All airlines will provide flight status messages through SMS during the fog season.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the civil aviation regulator, has issued a slew of guidelines to ensure smooth flight operations and least inconvenience to passengers when fog hits Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
It has said in case of delays due to fog, they would also have to provide snacks to stranded passengers.
The DGCA has also asked the private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) to improve infrastructure keeping in mind the fog season.
DIAL has been advised to provide additional 'follow me jeeps’ to guide airline coaches during fog.
DIAL has also been asked to provide retro-refractive markers on taxiway ‘J’ and lighting on a connected service road, which don't have lights at present.
The DGCA has also asked DIAL to provide additional frisking counters at the airport for security checks.
As reported first by Hindustan Times on November 7, aircraft that are not CAT III-B compliant and don’t have trained pilots to fly in low visibility, would not be allowed to depart before 10 am during fog.
Also, aircraft that fail to taxi out within five minutes of getting clearance will be pushed back in the sequence and the next plane will be given the chance to fly.
Bird hit guidelines
Indian domestic carriers have lost nearly Rs. 7 crore this year due to bird hit incidents.
According to data released by the Civil Aviation Ministry, there have been 241 incidents of bird strikes this year.
The figure was 304 last year.
The National Bird Control Committee (NBCC), set up by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which had a meeting on Monday has issued guidelines for airlines and airport operators to reduce number of bird hit incidents.
A special meeting of the Airfield Environment Management Committee has been called in Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur to resolve issues of bird hits and stray animals in the airport.
The DGCA is reviewing equipment and methods used at different airports, including Delhi, for bird strike prevention.