Eight flights operating from Chandigarh Airport were cancelled on Thursday due to low visibility caused by dense fog. Among the cancelled flights were SpiceJet (2212) from Chandigarh to New Delhi, Go Air (382) from Chandigarh to Mumbai, Jet Airways (469) from Chandigarh to Mumbai, Jet Airways (2658) from Chandigarh to New Delhi, Jet Airways (2652) from Chandigarh to New Delhi, Jet Airways (7076) from Chandigarh to New Delhi and SpiceJet (2116) from Chandigarh to New Delhi.
“All the flights were cancelled due to low visibility in the morning and late evening as the visibility was less than 500 metres. The remaining nine flights were able to operate between 1 pm and 4pm.” said an Airport official. Passengers were a harassed lot as some airline operators failed to inform them about the status of the flights.
Meanwhile, trains were delayed for up to nine hours, following thick fog in the morning. Allahabad-Chandigarh Unachar Express (14217) was delayed by nine hours and 15 minutes and arrived at 6.40 pm. Howrah-Kalka mail (12311) was delayed by four hours and 45 minutes. Lalkuan-Amritsar Garib Rath Express (14605) was delayed by two hours and 44 minutes and reached Chandigarh at 11.44 am. Patliputra Danapur-Chandigarh Express (13255) was delayed by two hours and 32 minutes. Mumbai-Kalka Paschim Express (22451) was delayed by 1 hour and 35 minutes and arrived at 5.32 pm.
Lucknow-Chandigarh Sadhbhavna Express (12231), Bhiwani-Kalka Ekta Express (14795), Delhi-Kalka Himalyan Queen (14095) arrived an hour late. Officials of the Meteological department said severe cold wave caused the sudden drop in temperature.
Passengers are expected to face tough time ahead as fog will persist for the next three days in the morning and late evening, which is likely to affect both air and rail service.