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Dense fog delays flights at Bengaluru Airport

Departure and arrival of 130 flight were delayed and thousands of passengers were stranded at the terminal and in flights on Sunday.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: November 12, 2019 10:07:33 am
On Monday morning, all the flight’s operations were suspended due to the poor visibility in Bengaluru airport. Representative Photo.

Foggy weather in Bengaluru from Sunday has disrupted several flights as poor visibility, as a thick layer of fog visible for the first time this year, at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru triggered disruptions.

On Monday morning,  flights were suspended due to the poor visibility for an hour in the morning. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, a Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) Official, said, “on Monday morning due to the poor visibility, operations were suspended from 7.22 am to 8.30 am. Operations resumed after 8.30 am.”

Airport officials did not immediately comment on how many flights were affected due to the fog.

On Sunday, departure and arrival of 130 flight were delayed and thousands of passengers were stranded at the terminal. Four flights scheduled to land at KIA were diverted to Chennai due to the bad weather. The weather delayed the departure of at least 66 flights to various destinations and arrival of 30 flights were also affected.

BIAL spokesperson said the disruption was due to taxiway congestion, and scheduled take-off and landing of 33 flights were affected at the airport. Several passengers missed their connecting flights and hundreds of passengers in the airport were forced to wait for hours at the waiting lounge. Meanwhile, several passengers who were left clueless took to social media to express their frustration.

Amit Gupta, a passenger on Monday tweeted, “Bengaluru Airport – what a royal mess! Not a single place to sit. Overcrowded alleys. Long queues at eating joints. All this after travelling an hour from anywhere in the city to get to the airport, paying toll, spending 10 mins waiting to pay that toll @bengaluruairprt”

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Karan Miglani a passenger, on Monday, tweeted: “Sitting at Bangalore airport to board for Delhi. Nobody informed flight is delayed. Asked the counter to check when boarding is to start, counter guy says delayed. So they will not inform themselves?Who will update the announcement boards? Such unprofessional behaviour.”

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The major airlines were replying to the passenger’s tweet saying the flight delay is due to the bad weather at Bengaluru airport.

According to the weather alert from the Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru, foggy weather, particularly during early morning  will continue in the city for some more days.

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