Monday, December 07, 2020

Delhi fog delays flights, many flyers worry about social distance norms

Pune: Large number of flyers were stranded at the city airport for hours on Monday after around 14 flights, mostly to and from Delhi, were delayed because of dense fog in the national capital, triggering concerns among many passengers over maintaining social distance at the facility in Covid times.

“Around seven departing flights and the same number of arrivals were affected at the airport. The delays were between half-an-hour to over five hours. Some flights to sectors other than Delhi were also affected because of the Delhi fog,” an official at the airport said. The situation improved in the afternoon.

Krisnendu Singh, a working professional, said, “My flight to Delhi was scheduled at 8.40am but has been delayed by over four hours now. Local airline officials said bad weather in Delhi was causing the problem. Waiting at the airport in these times is stressful. Many other flights, too, have been delayed. But I cannot blame airlines for this as weather issues are sudden.”

Some passengers were not impressed, though. “If there is a delay, a notification should be sent to flyers as airlines come to know about it in advance. Airlines should be more proactive during Covid times as everyone wants to follow social distancing norms,” a passenger said.

A majority of the airlines had put up travel alerts on their social media handles though, cautioning passengers.

Two Delhi-bound flights of SpiceJet and IndiGo between 8am and 8.30am were delayed by half-an-hour to almost an hour.

07/12/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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