Friday, December 20, 2019

Fog and protests delay 300 flights

New Delhi: In a double whammy for air passengers, over 300 flights were delayed at IGI Airport on Thursday. After dense fog initially wreaked havoc on schedules, the closure of Delhi-Gurgaon border, which saw hundreds of passengers getting stuck in traffic jams while on their way to the airport, made matters worse.
Not just passengers, several airline crew were stuck in the traffic logjam. At least 19 flights were cancelled by IndiGo alone, with a cascading effect of the disruptions being felt till late into the evening, airport sources said. In fact, a source told TOI that none of the flight cancellations were caused by the fog. “At least 16 flights were delayed due to the traffic jam, which meant passengers and crew reached the airport late,” he added.

At 8.30 am, Delhi airport tweeted: “There might be some flight disruptions. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information. Any inconvenience caused is regretted (sic).” As the protests started taking a toll on the traffic on road, it followed up with another tweet two hours later, stating that some flights might get impacted due to “crew operational limitations”.

For most trying to reach the airport, it was a slow crawl. One such passenger who missed his flight said he had to wait at IGI for seven hours after having to book another flight. “I missed IndiGo flight at 2:45 pm due to traffic jam. Now I’m sitting at airport. Rebooked flight @11.35 pm. Have to sit at airport for 7 hours. Wastage of time, money and it’s too frustrating (sic),” the passenger tweeted.
20/12/19 Times of India
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