Saturday, December 23, 2006

Chaos, congestion accompanies fog

New Delhi: Low visibility set in at 7:30 pm on Thursday and intensified at 6:30 am on Friday at the IGI airport. Till 9.30 am this problem remained and in this long spell of fog a large number of flights got delayed, rescheduled and some even diverted and cancelled. Visibility dropped to 50 m for around 20 minutes in the morning and no flights took off during that time. Almost all arrivals were late and in all about 100 flights were delayed. Things aren't likely to improve soon as the Met department warns this weather condition would continue over the weekend.
A big issue with passengers of cancelled flights was that they were not getting full refund on their return tickets.
The condition of passengers of delayed flights was as bad.
On their part, airlines say fog sets in and lifts so quickly in Delhi that they just can't give any firm time of departure.
The massive ATC congestion at IGI makes things worse.
23/12/06 Times of India
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