Sunday, July 31, 2022

North Bengal bad weather leads to diversion of flights

Kolkata: Thick cloud cover and heavy rain at Bagdogra on Saturday afternoon forced diversion of five flights. Another flight that had taken off from Kolkata for Deoghar also returned due to bad weather.

According to Bagdogra airport director P Subramani, five flights were caught in the bad weather at Bagdogra. “Thick cloud cover and heavy rain between 1.30pm and 3pm reduced visibility to less than 800 metres.” Two flights from Chennai and Delhi and one each from Kolkata and Guwahati were caught up in inclement weather. While five flights were diverted, three to Kolkata, one to Delhi and one to Guwahati, one of the two flights from Chennai that had continued to hover over Bagdogra could finally land.

With runway work still underway at Bagdogra, there is no instrument landing system at present and flights require a clear visibility of 1,600 metres to land. The flights that had been diverted to Kolkata and Chennai went back to Bagdogra after visibility improved. The only flight that was subsequently cancelled was a Vistara flight from Delhi.

Later in the afternoon, a flight that departed for Deoghar from Kolkata at 2.55pm was diverted at 4.15pm due to bad weather over the area. The flight landed in Kolkata at 5pm.

31/07/22 Times of India

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