Fog disrupts flights in Delhi

Fog disrupts flights in Delhi

Fog disrupts flights in Delhi

Dense fog at the national capital caused fall of the visibility level below 50 meters - less than the minimum needed for flight operations - resulting in the delay in departure or diversion of domestic and global flights coming for Delhi.

While the fog dissipated later and visibility improved, there were delays throughout the day because of cascading effect on flight operations.

The airline is also allowing passengers to change or cancel their flight bookings without any penalty. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year".

Visibility levels at the Delhi Airport had gone below 50 metres on Sunday morning too. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said. Sources said that almost 50 planes were sent to nearby airports as many pilots were not trained in this technology. "Day temperature will fall significantly", Mahesh Palawat, Vice President at Skymet Weather, said, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season". Take-offs from the IGI Airport require a minimum visibility range of 125 metres.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) at Delhi's Shadipur was recorded at 332, and Siri Fort at 388 - both in the "hazardous" category. The heavy blanket of fog engulfed the national capital region on the New Year morning. The weatherman has predicted similar conditions for Tuesday, with possibility of dense fog in the morning and early evening.According to railway data, as of December 31 midnight, 400 mail and express trains reached late, after getting delayed on the account of fog.

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