Saturday, February 20, 2021

Fog in north Indian cities causes major flight delays at Pune airport

Pune: Several flights to/from Pune faced delays because of fog and rough weather conditions in north India on Friday.

Between 8am and 3pm, roughly 20 flights — arrivals and departures — were delayed by 45 minutes to nearly six hours.

Haresh Rakhyani, a flyer, tagged GoAir on Twitter and wrote, “The situation at the Pune airport is very grim. All GoAir flights are delayed.”

The airline replied, “We work hard to run an on-time airline; however, unforeseen events challenge us.”

A SpiceJet flight from Pune to Delhi, scheduled for an 8.05am take-off, was delayed by two hours and 45 minutes. An Air India flight which was to arrive from Delhi at 8.40am — and leave for Allahabad an hour later — was hit by a four-hour delay. A GoAir flight from Pune to Nagpur (9.55am departure), was delayed by over three hours; an IndiGo flight to Delhi (10.10am take-off), was delayed by five hours and 40 minutes; and a SpiceJet flight to Patna (11.20am departure) was hit by a two-hour delay.

Pune airport officials said the delays ran well into the 12pm-3pm window — an IndiGo flight to Allahabad was delayed by 30 minutes; a GoAir flight to Delhi was late by three hours; a Vistara flight to Delhi was delayed by 44 minutes and an IndiGo flight to Nagpur was an hour-and-a-half late.

20/02/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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