Fog to wreak havoc on your vacation plans
If you are planning to travel during the Christmas and New Year vacation, there are high chances of dense fog playing a spoilsport with your plans. HT reports. ‘Better at reducing flyers’ hassles now’ | Train services continue to be hit | Tuesday coldest day in Delhidelhi Updated: Dec 21, 2011 02:22 IST
If you are planning to travel during the Christmas and New Year vacation, there are high chances of dense fog playing a spoilsport with your plans.
Although the fog caused fewer disruptions at the airport on Tuesday compared to Monday, the Met department says it is likely to make an appearance after December 25 and will stay on till the New Year eve.
According to the Met department, dense fog will envelope the city for the next few days, but not in the morning.
On Tuesday, as many as 100 flights were affected due to fog. Four flights to small destinations like Dehradun, Allahabad and Gorakhpur were cancelled. “Most of the flights were delayed due to congestion and backlog,” an airport official said.
“On Tuesday, the Delhi airport witnessed dense fog from 1.30am to 3am. So, flight operations were not affected much. This situation is likely to continue for the next few days,” said RK Jenamani, director of IGIA Met department.
The Delhi airport is expecting nearly 110 hours of dense fog from December till February. For the next few days, the Met department has predicted dense fog, but only in the wee hours.
But the biggest challenge for the Met department and airport authorities is to predict visibility at separate runways. The reason: Visibility at runway 29 is particularly poor compared to runway 28. “On Monday, the Runway Visual Range (RVR) at runway 28 was 600metre, but at runway 29 it was nearly 50metre,” Jenamani added.
The Met department has also requested airlines to get the latest airport fog forecast before deciding on the flight planning. “To avoid diversion of flights from other airports to Delhi, weather, visibility and fog conditions in Delhi must be considered,” Jenamani added.
As fog is expected to disrupt flight services during night and early morning, airlines have been asked to deploy CAT III B-trained pilots during that period. “Better coordination can minimise the inconvenience for passengers. And that is what we are trying to do,” Jenamani said.