Friday, March 05, 2021

Fog delays flights at Vij airport

Vijayawada: Dense fog on the runway has become a major concern for in-bound flights at Vijayawada International Airport. Several flights have been delayed or diverted in the last ten days as airport authorities, along with IMD, continue to monitor the situation closely for the safety of passengers.

Movement of flights has increased at Vijayawada after business activities were restored across the state but flight operations in the early hours have been affected as a result of fog. As per DGCA norms, a minimum visibility of 1,000 meters is mandatory for aircraft landing. However, visibility at the airport during early hours can be as low as 270 meters making landing of flights a tough proposition.

Airport director Madhusudan Rao said the weather is changing rapidly and they are unable to predict the situation on the runway. “Visibility at the airport at 6 am on Wednesday was 1,100 meters and we permitted take-off for a few flights but dense fog covered the runway by 7.15 am and visibility came down to 265 meters. Even the IMD is not able to predict the situation of fog on the runway,” he said.

05/03/21 Venu Lanka/Times of India

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