Monday, January 01, 2018

15 flights cancelled at Patna, Met forecasts dense fog today

Patna: : Altogether 15 flights from Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, Patna, were cancelled due to poor visibility as dense fog kept the city engulfed on the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.
According to airport officials, 15 cancelled flights included six of IndiGo, four of SpiceJet, three of Jet Airways and one each of GoAir and Air India.
Flyers had a harrowing time as many missed their get-together with family and friends on the New Year eve. Several of them were seen standing in queue at the airport counters to get their tickets cancelled.
The flights were allowed to take off only after 3pm. "The weather was much better than Saturday for 4-5 hours in the evening. Total 11 flights departed from Patna. No flight was grounded on Sunday," an airport official said.
The weather bulletin issued by Patna meteorological department said dense to very dense fog is expected at isolated places in the state till January 4. There is a cyclonic circulation prevailing over Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, leading to moisture incursion. Moisture condenses under low temperature conditions leading to formation of fog, the bulletin said.
"The visibility in Patna at around 8.30am was 25 metres, the lowest on the day," said an India Meteorological Department official.
According to Met office sources, dense to very dense fog at many places in Bihar is likely till Monday forenoon. Dense fog at a few places is also predicted on January 1 and 2.
01/01/18 Faryal Rumi/Times of India