Tuesday, March 05, 2019

11 flights diverted as fog in March stumps travellers

New Delhi: Owing to low visibility, several flyers were stranded at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday, as flights were delayed and many diverted to nearby airports due to fog. Rail operations too were hit, with trains running 1-2 hours late in the early hours. Officials at the airport said that the low visibility procedures were implemented at 5.28am and is still on.

According to officials, 10 domestic airlines and one international flight had to be diverted and over 100 flights were delayed by many hours. The NOTAM (notice to airmen) due to restriction of Pakistan airspace was to end on Monday, but was extended till Tuesday afternoon. One departure and arrival of Spicejet flight was cancelled on Monday.

Ten flights were diverted from Delhi airport in the morning due to fog, an airport official said. “These flights were diverted between 7.45am and 9.45am,” the official said. A minimum runway visual range (RVR) of 50metre is required for a flight to land safely, however, it needs to be CAT III-B compliant. The minimum RVR for take-off is 125m.

Several airlines also took to Twitter to inform their passengers about the possible flight delay and diversions, asking them to check their flight status using their respective applications and websites.

SpiceJet tweeted, “#TravelUpdate: Due to Airspace restrictions en route, our DEL (Delhi)-KBL (Kabul)-DEL (Delhi) flights for tomorrow stand cancelled. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status.”
05/03/19 Times of India
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