After four days of fog, flight operations normal at IGI

Last Updated: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 23:02

New Delhi: After four days of disruption due
to thick fog, flight operations were normal at the Indira
Gandhi International airport here this morning.

"Flight operations went on smoothly despite a shallow fog
in the morning as the runway visibility remained over 1,500
metres for the main runway while it was over 1,200 metres for
the new runway," an airport official said.

The runway visibility remained over 1,000 metres for main
runway through out last night and this morning, though the
visibility dipped to a low of 400 metres on the new runway
but it was for just half-an-hour and it does not cause any
delay, he said, adding the operations during the day remained
smooth.

However, few domestic -- inbound and outbound -- flights
to Srinagar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Dibrugarh and
Guwahati were delayed due to bad weather conditions in those
cities or due to some operational reasons.

Also about 10 international flights arrived late in the
national capital which, according to airport sources, was due
to operational reasons.

According to Met department, the visibility is likely to
reduce due to dense fog at the airport tonight and early
tomorrow morning.

The airport has been witnessing thick fog for the past
four days, leading to disruptions in the schedules of over 250
domestic and international flights.

Yesterday, about 26 flights were cancelled, 22
rescheduled and eight diverted to Mumbai, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
after dense fog enveloped the airport for over eight hours.

Mock drill

Security agencies today conducted a mock-drill at the IGIA to check the preparedness and response to thwart an attempt by an explosives laden
vehicle to ram into the domestic terminal of the airport.

The one-hour drill (1.45 pm to 2.45 pm) was undertaken
by the personnel of the CISF, Delhi Police and the Bomb
Detection and Disposal Squad (BBDS).

The exercise, carried out without hampering regular
operations at the airport was undertaken to identify,
neutralise, isolate and defuse the explosives without causing
damage to the airport and the passengers.

"The city-side deployment of the force was involved in
the operation along with other security agencies. The exercise
was conducted to check the preparedness and response of all
security stakeholders at the airport," Central Industrial
Security Force (CISF) spokesperson Rohit Katiyar, said.

- PTI

First Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 23:02
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