Fog disrupts air operations at IGI

Dense fog enveloped the IGI airport in Delhi on Thursday morning, delaying over 20 flights and leading to diversion of 10 others.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 10:32 AM IST

New Delhi: Dense fog enveloped the IGI
airport in Delhi on Thursday morning, delaying over 20 flights and
leading to diversion of 10 others.

Around 20 flights scheduled to depart this morning
were delayed as the runway visibility dropped to 50 metres,
far below the required low visibility take off minima of 125
metres, an airport official said.

Ten incoming flights were diverted to nearby airports,
he said.

Fog started to descend on the airport after midnight
and become dense at around 4 am, forcing the authorities to
implement the low visibility procedures at 4.44 am on both the
runways.

The runway visibility started to drop below the
required LVT of 125 metres around 7 am, delaying many flights.

Passengers had to stay in the plane for more than
three hours as their aircraft could not take off due to poor
visibility.

"We were at the runway since 6.50 AM and at 9.40 AM,
the pilot announced that we need refuelling now. The pilot
also said that we may not be able to take off for the next one
hour", said Rajesh Nagar, a passenger who boarded a Jet
Airways flight to Chennai.

PTI