Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Over 50 flights delayed at Delhi airport, 8 diverted; no cancellation

New Delhi:  The sudden change in weather impacted the flight operations at the Delhi airport from 4pm to 6pm on Monday. Around 50 flights were delayed and eight diverted to other cities due to the severe thunderstorm.

According to sources at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the flights were diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Dehradun during the two-hour window. However, no flight was cancelled due to the adverse weather.

Officials at India Meteorological Department (IMD) said among weather hazards, thunderstorm caused the highest threat to aviation. At the Palam station, which is situated at IGIA, gusty winds were recorded as the wind speed rose to 70kmph. “A combination of factors like formation of cumulonimbus clouds — associated with clouds that can produce thunder or lightening — and gusty changing wind pattern can affect flight operations,” said R K Jenamani, senior scientist at IMD.

Met officials said for safe take-off and landing, the wind direction had to be uniform. “May and June are known for moderate thunderstorms causing diversion of flights. In May 2018, around 70 Delhi-bound flights were diverted, which was the highest impact of thunderstorm in summer in the past 20 years,” Jenamani said earlier.

31/05/22 Times of India

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