Thursday, December 01, 2016

Delays, cancellations and chaos at IGI

The season's first dense fog on Wednesday disrupted air traffic at Indira Gandhi International Airport for around four hours, leaving hundreds stranded at the overcrowded terminals. At least 15 flights that were not CAT-III compliant were diverted and eight got cancelled. While bad weather at Delhi delayed 47 flights, another 55 got affected due to various reasons at other airports.
According to meteorological officials, the operations were worst hit between 7.30am and 9.30am as all runway visual range (RVR) equipment recorded visibility below 175 metres at all three runway ends. Visibility at one runway dipped even to 100 metres and low-visibility procedures CAT-IIIA and B had to be implemented with immediate effect for landing, said R K Jenamani, director-in-charge, IGI Met. The relative humidity was 85-100% at the airport during the dense fog.
The conditions improved after 9.30am, said officials. "With Delhi being one of the busiest airports, two hours of bad weather conditions slowed down air traffic. Even an international flight was diverted," said an airport official.
Officials claimed that timely updates were given out and adequate arrangements were made to deal with the increased number of passengers at the terminals, especially at 1D. Additional help desks were set up for cancellation and delay updates, they said, adding that information regarding weather conditions and real flight timings were also being displayed inside the terminals.
01/12/16 The Times Of India

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