Sunday, December 27, 2015

Air passengers warned of fog delays

Taking the first flight out of the city early in the morning over the coming days may not be a wise option with fog expected to envelop most parts of the country . In case you have to be on a morning flight, airlines say it is better to check the flight status before setting out.
Flight schedules are often affected in Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Amritsar and a few other airports in the north because of poor visibility during the last week of December and first week of January every year.The delays have a trickle down effect on other airports if an aircraft is stuck in Delhi.
In Chennai, fog caused by low temperature and cold winds hits visibility at the airport in the first two weeks of January .
Last year, six aircraft were diverted and a few others were delayed after visibility dropped to less than 100m.
Anticipating delays, airline services like Indigo and SpiceJet have issued adviso ries to passengers. Indigo's advisory asks passengers to provide correct mobile numbers at the time of booking, check flight status and reach the airport early to reduce inconvenience.
SpiceJet has altered its flight schedule for fog-prone areas like Varanasi, Chandigarh and Amritsar, enabling early departures for night flights and day time departures for morning flights until January 31.
It has also hired 75 addi tional staff to inform passengers about changes in timing and has upgraded technology to take more calls from the flyers.
SpiceJet chief administrative officer G P Gupta said, "We are looking forward to implement a well-secured plan. Managing morning departures and arrivals and handling passengers in case of disruptions pose a big challenge. We have rolled out measures to moderate the impact." Airline services like Indigo, SpiceJet, Air India, Jet Airways and a few others have trained pilots and are deploying aircraft equipped to fly in poor visibility. But flights get delayed and diverted because all airports are not equipped to handle congestion.
27/12/15 The Times Of India
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