Thursday, October 06, 2016

Technical glitch at IGIA delays 70 flights

Passengers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here had a harrowing time on Tuesday evening after a technical glitch at the air traffic control delayed over 70 flights.

Most flights got delayed by 15 minutes to three hours on Tuesday between 7.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. While both departures and arrivals were affected due to the technical glitch, domestic arrivals were the worst hit, with 35 flights getting affected.

The Delhi airport is the country’s busiest and handles nearly 950 flight each day. Even a slight glitch in the technical system managing the air traffic as a result leads to major pile ups.

“There was an automation issue with the air traffic control system at the airport and air traffic controllers had to resort to manual mode at one point of time, which resulted in the delays,” said a source at the airport.

No official statement from the Air Traffic Control, managed by the Airports Authority of India, was available.
06/10/16 The Hindu
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