More than 100 flights hit due to low visibility at Delhi airport


Aircrafts stand at the fog enveloped domestic airport in New Delhi, India,Many flights, both international and domestic, were delayed at the New Delhi airport on December 2 morning due to dense fog and low visibility. At around 8:30, the temperature was posted at 136 C and visibility below 50 metre.

Air passengers were warned of the delays (both in arrivals and departures), while trouble due to fog was also reported from airports in Lucknow and Amritsar.

More than 100 flights were affected by the bad weather in the early morning hours of December 2 as dense fog enveloped Delhi.

It may be noted flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were disrupted with more than 200 flights being hit due to different reasons, including weather.

Visibility, which started falling at the IGI Airport around 5am, was 50 metre between 7am and 7.30am.

It was 150 metre between 7.00am and 7.30am. With the IGI airport authorities implementing low visibility procedures (LVPs), they helped in flight operations, landings and departures. However, the LVPs were implemented at 3 am and would only be lifted at 11.00 am.

The dense fog also led to an accident wherein seven cars were piled up in a row resulting in a person being killed and 10 others injured. The weatherman said the fog may continue for two more days even as air pollution continued to be on dangerous levels on December 2.