Saturday, December 03, 2016

Fogged Indian airports not in the top flight

As fog continues to blanket Delhi and other parts of India with low visibility impacting flight operations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States, on Friday categorised as “red” flight timings at Indian airports.

Eight flights from the Indira Gandhi International Airport were cancelled, leaving passengers in the lurch.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said more than 60 flights were delayed and diverted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. “New Delhi experienced a thick blanket of fog. At 8.30 am, visibility at Palam area was less than 50 metres and at Safdarjung was 300 metres. This improved to 600 and 800 metres by 11 am,” said an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

According to FAA, the excessive delay rate was “five” while the visibility was one mile barely. In weather conditions, the airport was tagged under “smoky” status. Around 24 Asian airports come under the FAA regular observation on flight operations.

Other prominent airports of India, like Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, were also categorised under “excessive delay” by the FAA. Its visibility was only two miles.

Comparatively, the neighbouring airport at the Beijing Capital International Airport has improved the flight timings. The FAA has rated the excessive delay at “two” while the Flight Delay Index (FDI) has been marked with “low delay” status. The visibility was recorded six miles. The Shanghai airport received a “significant delay” status with the delay rate at “3.25”.

Meanwhile, Bangkok’s Survarnabhumi airport has come under “moderate” FDI status as the flight delay rate was 2.50. In Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the visibility was six miles. The delay rate was 0.75.
03/12/16 Sapna Singh/The Pioneer
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