Saturday, March 07, 2020

Over 100 flights delayed by rain

New Delhi: Flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were impacted on Friday evening when a strong spell of thundershowers and squall hit the capital. Over 100 flights were delayed in the evening, with conditions only improving after 7pm.
Met officials said that windspeeds touched 50km/hr around 5pm, with the peak impact of thunderstorm occurring between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

“No cancellations or diversions occurred during the spell of rain. Some flights, however, were delayed due to the adverse weather conditions,” said an airport official.

While light rain was recorded on Friday morning, the second spell of showers around 4pm was accompanied by gusty winds. A met official stated that the high wind speed made it difficult for flights to land at the airport. The thundershowers, however, subsided by around 6.30, the official added.

Both arrivals and departures at IGI were impacted for two hours. While for arriving flights, landing during strong cross-winds is dangerous and difficult, the departing flights got delayed due to the adverse weather conditions.
07/03/20 Times of India

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