Air services were once again disrupted on Sunday,following a fresh spell of dense fog at the Delhi Airport. Several flights were delayed and 10 had to be diverted to other destinations. Another 13 flights,including 11 international flights,had to be rescheduled,while 15 others were combined and at least 17 flights were cancelled.
Officials at the IGI Met department said the duration of Category III very dense fog had decreased over the past 24 hours but predicted that dense fog would redevelop,as fresh moisture is building up with passing western disturbances.
Dense fog over IGIA has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours. The lowest visibility recorded during the latest spell was 100 metre,whereas the Runway Visual Range (RVR) was as low as 200 metre. It,however,mostly stayed at 400 metre, R K Jenamani,director-in-charge of the IGI Met Department,said.
While Low Visibility Procedure (LVP) were enforced at IGIA for 16 hours starting from 8 pm on Saturday,Category III fog hit the main runway,28-10,for only two hours (5 to 7 am),as compared to the last two days when the duration had gone up to 8 hours.
Category III fog being experienced at IGIA this time is of a moving type,which is variable in nature. The airport operated in CAT I,CAT II and CAT III conditions from 8.30 pm on Saturday to 7 this morning,when the general visibility was 100-200 metre and RVR was 200-800 metre, Jenamani said.
While a total of 275 flights operated during LVP,including 179 domestic and 94 international flights,at least 201 flights operated under CAT I,53 operated under CAT II,21 operated under CAT IIIA but no flights operated under CAT IIIB conditions. Eight domestic and two international flights had to be diverted to other destinations. Two domestic and 11 international flights were rescheduled,while 13 domestic and four international flights were cancelled on Sunday morning.
Passengers for Ladakh stuck at IGI for 3 days
At least 35 passengers,who are headed for Leh,are a harassed lot. Their flight is continuously being cancelled for three days now due to inclement weather in Leh. I was booked on a January 2 Kingfisher flight to Leh but the airlines has cancelled the flight for the third consecutive day today, Ashok Kumar,a dam construction worker trying to reach Leh,said. Other passengers,waiting for the flight since January 1,protested at the airport today.