Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Patna: 18 flights get delayed

Patna: Dense fog disrupted flight operations at the city airport with 18 flights delayed on Monday owing to the poor visibility in the morning hours. Most delayed flights were on the Delhi route because of bad weather conditions in the national capital.

Flights are operating at the city airport under the manual runway visual range. The required visibility of 1,000m was achieved after 10.45 am and the first flight of SpiceJet’s SG- 8719 from Ahmedabad landed here at 11 am, which was scheduled to land at 7.45 am. Around five flights suffered a delay of more than one hour, including three of SpiceJet and two of GoAir.

Patna airport officials said several fights on Delhi route got delayed due to inclement weather. However, no diversion or cancellation took place on Monday.

Giving an update on fog alert delay in flight operations, Patna airport tweeted on Monday morning: “Due to Dense Fog at Patna Airport, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights likely to be affected. Passengers are requested to get the updated status of flights from concerned Airlines before starting the journey for the airport to avoid any inconvenience (sic).”

Despite the alert, the passengers were irked due to congestion at terminal building and long-queue at security check-ins.

“It is frustrating that no Covid protocol has been followed at the city airport. Besides, long queues increase the anxiety,” said Aman Kumar, a banker, who was flying to Delhi.

22/12/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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