Monday, March 12, 2018

Fog prevents flights from landing at Mangaluru International Airport

Mangaluru: Bad weather characterized by thick fog disrupted flight operations at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) for nearly two hours on Sunday. Three inbound flights from Bengaluru and one from Hyderabad were diverted back to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) due to what V V Rao, director, MIA, said were low-flying clouds and fog that developed over the runway due to extreme humid conditions. Pilots chose to return to KIA rather than err on passenger safety, he said.
Two Jet Airways and as many SpiceJet flights were affected due to this uncharacteristic weather condition, Rao told TOI. “The pilots decided not to take a chance with the poor visibility, and chose to return to their originating airport,” Rao said, averring that humidity could have led to foggy conditions developing. The flight operations returned to normal around 11am and the diverted flights returned to MIA after getting clear weather reports from the IMD, he noted.
12/03/18 Times of India