Fog grounds all flights
All six flights scheduled from the city airport were cancelled on Sunday, owing to poor visibility because of dense fog. The operations were restricted till 1pm only owing to ongoing construction work on the Air Force runway.chandigarh Updated: Feb 02, 2014 22:44 IST
All six flights scheduled from the city airport were cancelled on Sunday, owing to poor visibility because of dense fog.
The operations were restricted till 1pm only owing to ongoing construction work on the Air Force runway.
The officials at the airport said the visibility was less than 200 metres and for regular operations, visibility of minimum 1.2 km was required.
Airport director HS Toor said, “The visibility was quite poor and too less for flights operations, thus all airlines had to cancel their operations.”
The airlines officials further said no alteration had been made in the scheduled as the weather conditions vary from day to day.
An Air India spokesperson shared that though their flight to Delhi was scheduled as per its regular timings, however because of fog they had to cancel it, almost an hour before its scheduled timing.
Trains too running late, but jam-packed
Meanwhile, poor visibility also affected the trains from the city and the morning Shatabdi Express that reaches the city at 11am was delayed by over an hour.
The Bandra-Chandigarh train was also running behind schedule by two hours.
The Unchahar Express was running behind schedule by 10 hours and Dibrugarh Express was running behind schedule by nine hours.
The officials at the railway station said though the trains were affected by fog, almost all of them were running jam-packed.
Station superintendent RK Dutta said, “The trains are running jam-packed, especially those on the Delhi route. There are a lot of people coming to us almost every day asking for a seat in trains going to Delhi after their fights get cancelled. The relief is that though trains are running late because of poor visibility, there are no cancellations like flights.”
The officials further said the trains such as Shatabdi Express were running with a waiting list of more than 50 passengers and Unchahar Express had a waiting list of about 100 passengers.