Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Fog in Delhi delays more than 28 flights at city airport

Chennai: Plans of hundreds of passengers on Monday went awry after more than 28 flights between Delhi and Chennai were delayed due to air congestion caused by dense fog in the national capital. Flights to other destinations were also delayed subsequently.
In Chennai, 14 arrivals from Delhi and 14 departures to Delhi were delayed. A flight to Bengaluru from Chennai had to be cancelled while five flights — from Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad were cancelled. Many of the early morning flights from Delhi reached Chennai much later in the morning.

The largescale disruption was due to poor visibility at Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi, Jaipur airports. Domestic carriers use a single aircraft to fly to multiple destinations and hence flights to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Patna, Bengaluru were delayed subsequently. Delays in flights from Delhi began on Sunday night.

IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India issued advisory to passengers warning them to check schedules on social media platforms of the airlines before reaching the airport. IndiGo in a statement said, “Owing to the dense fog in North India, our flights have been impacted across all of India. We request passengers to check the flight status before leaving home.” Similar statements were tweeted by other airlines.
31/12/19 Times of India
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