Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fog wreaks havoc with holiday season traffic

New Delhi: Airline traffic faced widespread disruption across the country as fog affected flight schedules at the Delhi airport on Saturday morning. Consequential delays led to harassment for passengers flying out from other cities too as peak holiday season traffic thronged most metro airports.
Despite warnings from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and preparations by airlines, the Delhi airport –– the second busiest in the country –– had no answer for fog. Thousands of people were stranded at the airport for several hours on as thick fog delayed dozens of departures. Poor visibility causes delays of up to four hours and the cancellation of some domestic flights, the sources said.
Air services at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were suspended on Saturday morning as runway visibility range (RVR) dipped to below 50 metres at 7 am forcing suspension of flights, airport sources said. This is the first winter season after the GMR-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) took up management of the airport.
24/12/06 Economic Times
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