Monday, December 06, 2021

Another day of flight disruptions over poor visibility

Pune: Flight movements to and from Pune were disrupted for the third time this week after a thick fog blanketed the city on Sunday morning.

“Visibility was low at the airport due to the fog. Current visibility is below 100m. As a result, all flights are delayed for the next few hours. All passengers travelling from Pune airport are requested to check the flight timings from the airlines,” officials of the Pune airport said around 7am on Sunday.

A similar situation prevailed at the airport on Friday and Wednesday too resulting in many flight delays and diversions.

Sources said that there were no landings or take-offs at the airport since 3am and all departing and arriving flights had been delayed. Between 3am and 6am, a total of seven departures and six arrivals were delayed for several hours. Two flights were diverted.

However, delays continued and between midday and 3pm, with seven arrivals and six departing flights witnessing considerable delays. Similarly, between 3pm and 6pm, some flights saw delays. “These are consequential delays,” an airport official said.

Many flyers complained about the lack of coordination, crowd factor and other problems. They said the airlines were not providing proper information and many said they would miss connecting flights.

“I had booked a flight to Patna via Delhi. The flight from Pune to Delhi has been rescheduled four times already. With no proper information, I will miss my onward connection. I had to reach Patna urgently today,” a flyer said.

Airport officials said that the security hold area meant for international flyers had been opened up to accommodate the rush of waiting flyers.

Airline sources told TOI that during the winter schedule between December to March, flight disruptions due to weather conditions are expected and taken into account.

06/12/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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