Saturday, December 15, 2018

Fog delays 11 flights

Raipur: Flight operations were severely affected at Swami Vivekananda Airport between 7 am and 10 am on Friday morning with visibility dropping to almost 10 meters. The extremely poor visibility resulted in delay of some odd 11 flights and diversion of one flight to other airport. The unforeseeable delays led to bunching up of flights which took hours to clear up. Even as thick fog enveloped Capital city since the wee hours, the Meteorological Centre has predicted another dense fog in next 3 to 4 days.

“Air India (AI 477) flight from Delhi to Raipur was diverted to Nagpur Airport due to abrupt weather shift. The flight’s Scheduled Time of Arrival (STA) was 0705 hours, but its diversion to Nagpur delayed its Actual Time of Arrival (ATA) by 4 hours and 14 minutes. The flight finally arrived here at 1119 hours and that too after refuelling. Also, another Air India flight (AI 651) from Mumbai to Raipur was also delayed by 44 minutes. Its STA was 1155 hours but its ATA read 1239 hours,” Rakesh R Sahay, Airport Director told The Hitavada.

Apropos, according to the Airport Director, two Jet Airways flights were also delayed from the take-off point once the operators came know about the weather abnormalities at Raipur end. The Jet Airways (9W 746) flight from Delhi to Raipur was delayed by 3 hours and 10 minutes, wherein its STA was 0825 hours while it ATA read 1145 hours. Similarly, another Jet flight (S2 377) from Mumbai to Raipur was delayed by 3 hours and 45 minutes. The flight’s STA was 0830 hours whereas its ATA read 1215 hours,” he added.
15/12/18 Hitavada

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