Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dense fog over north India disrupts flights at Goa airport

Panaji: Nearly 25 arrivals and departures were affected at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim, as a thick blanket of fog engulfted parts of North India, especially New Delhi, on Monday morning. Nearly a thousand passengers found their year-end travel plans disrupted as some flights were delayed by more than five hours.
Bad weather and poor visibility due to fog in Delhi, Varanasi, Kishangarh, Gwalior and Chandigarh disrupted flight schedules. In order to reduce the inconvenience, private airlines issued advisories to passengers, asking them to re-check their flight status before reporting at the airport.
“Waiting at Goa Airport for Indigo flight 724 to Delhi. Flight delayed by 90 minutes. No apologies, no snacks,” tweeted a passenger. The AirAsia flight I5779 from Delhi to Goa usually lands at Goa at 7.50am but due to the bad weather in Delhi, the flight took off late and landed in the afternoon, at 12.30pm. Passengers scheduled to fly back to Delhi on flight I5778 who had cleared the check-in for their 8.20am flight, had to wait till 1.05pm to board the aircraft.

Similarly, Air India flight AI156 from Delhi to Goa, which was scheduled to arrive at 4.35pm landed only at 7.10pm. A Mumbai to Goa IndiGo flight 6E711 which was to land at 3.10 pm arrived at 6.10pm, while AirAsia’s Delhi-Goa flight I5775, which lands at 2.50pm took off several hours later from Mumbai and arrived at Goa at 7pm.
31/12/19 Times of India
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