Saturday, February 20, 2021

Delhi fog: Flights to and from Mum hit by cascading delays

Mumbai: Over two dozen flights, including 14 arrivals to Mumbai were delayed by an average of two hours on Friday, as dense fog and poor visibility in Delhi, the busiest airport of India, sent airline schedules haywire. The cascading delays hit air passengers across the country, especially those bound for Mumbai.

Mumbai-Delhi is the busiest domestic route in India with about 43 daily flights currently. “The Delhi-Mumbai arrivals scheduled post-9am were the worst hit, but the effect petered post-noon. During the day, 14 arrivals had an average delay of two hours, while nine departures were delayed by an average of 130 minutes,’’ said an aviation source. “Due to the morning fog in Delhi, flights all across the network are impacted,’’ tweeted IndiGo airline.

Though fog delays are an annual feature during the winter months, this time around it brought along added anxieties due to the pandemic. “Hundreds stuck here at the gate (in Delhi airport) with no idea where to go, no updates being given…” tweeted @AudiPhotography with a photograph that showed scores of passengers huddled near a departure gate.

20/02/21 Times of India

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