Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Airlines say prepared for fog season

New Delhi:  Starting this Sunday, dense fog is likely to descend at the Delhi airport and affect flight operations, according to the MeT department. Domestic airlines, however, claim that they have trained pilots and aircraft compliant to operate in near zero visibility.
Dr R K Jenamani, director-in-charge of the MeT unit at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport recently said that the airport might witness spells of dense fog after December 17, with longer spells expected in January 2018. While private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) said that is geared up to tackle the problems, domestic airline too claim that they are prepared to face the fog season.
IGI Airport has three runways that have Category (CAT) III B Instrument Landing System, which guides trained pilots to land their aircraft even when visibility dips to 50 metres.
Public carrier Air India said that it has 169 CAT III B compliant commanders, who have been put on the roster for early morning and late evening flights, when dense fog usually sets in. "Our Boeing and Airbus fleet is CAT III compliant, except for ATR aircraft," an Air India official said.
"Delays in fog days if any will be reflected on our website and DIAL site. Passengers have also been advised to give their landline, mobile numbers enabling Air India to inform any delay," he said. "Extra man power has also been deputed to facilitate passengers and arrangements with hotels and taxi rentals have been finalised," he said.
13/12/17 Sidhartha Roy/Times of India