Sunday, December 31, 2017

Most disruptive day ever at KIA: 102 flights delayed, 8 cancelled

Bengaluru: In what has turned out to be the worst week ever for morning operations at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) here, 281 flights were delayed and 25 others cancelled during peak hours owing to fog.
On Saturday, the airport faced arguably its worst delay ever, as 102 flights were delayed and eight others cancelled as the operations were suspended from 4.58 am until 8.23 am.

Out of the eight cancelled flights - all of the low-cost airline IndiGo - four were arrivals and as many departures. Out of the 102 delayed flights, there were 44 arrivals and 58 departures.

International operations were also affected. Out of the four flights that were forced to take a diversion, two international flights - one of British Airways and another of Oman Air - were diverted to Chennai. A domestic flight of IndiGo was diverted to Hyderabad while a cargo flight of Bluedart was diverted to Chennai.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set up visibility requirements for landings and take-offs. The runway visual range (RVR) should be 400 metres for take-offs and 550 metres for landings.
31/12/17 Furquan Moharkan/Deccan Herald