Dense fog disrupts operations at Delhi airport

Concerns were raised about additional costs involved for airlines due to diversions and cancellations, in a meeting held to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) for flight operations during the fog.

Low visibility due to the fog has disrupted flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport.

Over 500 flights, both domestic and global, flying into and out of the IGI Airport have been affected since Sunday, when the city witnessed the worst fog of the season. Yesterday 40 domestic and 26 worldwide flights were delayed.

The airline is also allowing passengers to change or cancel their flight bookings without any penalty.

Meanwhile, the armed soldiers braced the extreme weather conditions in the national capital region (NCR) to rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in the early hours. The IGI Airport has advanced the CAT III B technology, which helps airplanes land in low visibility.

However, for take-offs, a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

Air and train services have been severely hit in the Indian capital Friday as fog continued to wreak havoc in the city and adjoining areas since New Year. "Due to dense fog the visibility came down to 50m at Safdarjung at 8.30am, while it was less than 50m at Palam", said an official at India Meteorological Department.

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