New Year begins on foggy note; 300 flights, 100 trains affected

02 January, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Dense fog in Delhi

Dense fog at the national capital caused fall of the visibility level below 50 meters - less than the minimum needed for flight operations - resulting in the delay in departure or diversion of domestic and global flights coming for Delhi. A large number of flights and trains were delayed. This year's worst condition of fog has been experienced. No flights could take off from Delhi's IGI for almost four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am, according to an airport official. Three hundred flights were delayed and 8 cancelled due to poor visibility. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected.

Only a few flights could land while several others were diverted to other places or delayed their departure from the take-off point.

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Visibility at the airport fell to as low as 50 metres on the morning of New Year's Eve, with flight schedules going haywire.

A successful take off requires a minimum visibility range of 125 metres.

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"Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres". The visibility later improved to 100 metres at 3 a.m. and to 200 metres at 6 a.m.

Tuesday began on a very cold note for Delhi-NCR people with a dense fog covering the sky in the entire region.

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MacDonald also says that walk-ins are always welcome especially around this time of year, and says most people are in and out within an hour.

Dense fog also enveloped parts of Uttar Pradesh as visibility remained low in Varanasi and train operations there were affected as well.

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