Monday, November 29, 2021

Delhi: Winter’s here, IGI plans to cut through the fog

New Delhi: Delhi airport operator DIAL on Sunday said it was all geared up to deal with the winter fog in the capital, which may disrupt flight operations from mid-December — like it does every year. While a ceilometer is installed at the airport to ascertain the fog depth in advance, air traffic controllers, airlines, ground handlers, the meteorological department and the airport staff are working together to ensure that all terminals are prepared to deal with the situation.

But with the airport operator already struggling to maintain social distancing amid the increased passenger traffic, which according to the data accessed by TOI has touched 70% of the pre-pandemic days, the dense winter fog is likely to pose much bigger challenges.

The DIAL spokesperson said: “Amid all the challenges, preparations like efficiently putting in place Delhi airport’s collaborative decision-making cell, which has representatives of the air traffic control, domestic airlines and DIAL, will be done timely.”

The airport is well equipped to handle operations safely during the periods of poor visibility, according to Airports Authority of India spokesperson JB Singh.

“The runways are equipped with low-visibility procedure so that flights can take off and land efficiently,” added Singh.

Low Visibility Procedures (LVP) is a set of procedures established at an aerodrome in support of CAT-II/III approaches and landings and of takeoffs with runway visual range below 550 meters. With the help of the procedure, which is used 30 minutes before an aircraft takes off or lands during poor weather conditions, flights are able to operate with ease.

“To ensure the comfort requirements of the recently increased number of passengers at IGI during instances of flight disruptions and cancellations and in view of the Covid norms for social distancing, the number of chairs and recliners is being increased,” the DIAL spokesperson added.

29.11/21 Zumbish/Times of India

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