Delhi fog causes passenger delays

24 January 2012 09:20

More than 200 flights in Delhi were affected by thick fog, causing havoc for passengers

More than 200 flights in Delhi were affected by thick fog, causing havoc for passengers

Thick fog caused havoc for rail and air passengers in Delhi last week, as visibility plunged and winds howled.

The heavy mist which descended on the capital saw visibility plunge below 50m at IGI Airport, forcing staff to close the new runway 29/11.

More than 200 flights were delayed by between one and six hours, while four flights were diverted and 11 cancelled.

Holidaymakers with comprehensive travel insurance should have been protected, while those who did not may have had their plans scuppered.

Visibility was too poor for departures, so only 172 flights managed to operate, most of which were arrivals.

A backlog of domestic flights joined the queue of international flights, which had been asked to taxi to the holding point in 125m visibility. Sources said that after hours of continued fog, international flights had to be taken onto the runway and made to exit from the other end so that the domestic aircraft could operate.

Meanwhile icy northerly winds continued to keep the city in the chill zone during the day.

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