Saturday, April 07, 2018

Bad weather wrecks airline, metro operations

New Delhi:  The sudden change of weather on Friday evening brought respite in terms of heat, but it affected both flight and Delhi Metro operations on a large scale. Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport reported 24 flight diversions between 5.30pm and 7.30pm due to poor weather, while over 100 flights were delayed. Metro operations were affected on the Pink and Blue lines.
Airport Met officials said flight operations were partially affected for roughly two hours from 5.20pm onwards with visibility coming down to 900 metres around 5.30pm. Visibility improved to 1,500m when rain started. Wind speeds ranged between 60-70 kmph during this period.
“The airport has been kept under local thunderstorm/rain alert on April 6 and 7 and between April 10 and 12 for evening and night for duration of 1-2 hours. Warnings are issued to ATC and airlines in real-time using satellites,” said the Met official.
Apart from air and road traffic, even metro operations were disrupted.
Commuters complained of slow moving trains and arriving at frequency of 20-30 minutes even during peak hours. Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali) saw major disruptions and stations such as Rajiv Chowk and Mandi House were packed with passengers.
07/04/18 Times of India