30 flights cancelled in Delhi due to fog

January 19th, 2009 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) At least 30 flights were cancelled and six delayed as dense fog engulfed Delhi Monday, an official said.An Air India flight from Muscat was diverted to Jaipur early morning as visibility at the runway here dropped to less than 100 metres, an official at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd, the company that has developed and manages the international airport in the capital, said in a statement that the visibility at the new runway was 75 metres, while it was 100 metres at the main runway at midnight.

However, visibility was normal Monday afternoon, when it improved to 2,500 metres at the new runway and 3,000 metres at the main runway.

About 920 flights have been delayed and 156 cancelled since Dec 29 here. Fifteen flights were cancelled Sunday, with 50 being delayed and 23 diverted.

The Safdarjung meteorological office said Delhi could experience a fresh spell of cold weather this week.

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