Saturday, February 27, 2021

Fog in Goa disrupts flights, keeps passengers waiting

Panaji: Poor visibility caused by foggy conditions affected flight operations at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, on Friday, with at least four flights being diverted and several others delayed.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said that visibility at the naval air base, which also operates as a civilian airport, fell well below the norm for airline pilots to land using the instrument landing system.

The poor weather conditions in the state also led to cascading delays as several flights had to be rescheduled, thus creating a travel headache for many fliers.

“The flights were diverted because visibility dropped to 1,000m in mist, and even lower to 800m in fog. Normal operations commenced at 8:15am. Rescheduling of diverted flights by Indigo is awaited,” said Goa Airport Director Gagan Malik.

While foggy conditions and flight diversions are common during the monsoon and winter, it is less common in the month of February, said sources. “Due to bad weather in Goa, all departures and arrivals and their consequential flights may get affected,” said Spicejet as it alerted passengers to keep track of their flight status.

IndiGo flight 6E178 from Bengaluru to Goa, which was scheduled to arrive at 7:45am, was diverted to Mangaluru airport. IndiGo flight 6E6331, which was expected to land at 7:30am, was also diverted to Mangaluru.

27/02/21 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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