Fog delays over 40 flights departing from New Delhi

January 29th, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): Over 40 flights departing from New Delhi were delayed this morning by over two hours due to a thick fog which covered the Indira Gandhi International Airport, reducing the visibility to a mere 50 metres.
The situation was totally unexpected as the fog started settling down suddenly at 7 a.m. after a clear morning.
The flights, which were scheduled to take off at 7:30 a.m., were the worst affected as the passengers had boarded and the doors were closed when the fog descended.
More than 80 flights taking off and landing came to a standstill while four SpiceJet flights from Mumbai, Kolkota, Ahmedabad and Pune, scheduled to arrive here at 7:45 am were diverted to Jaipur.
The situation became all the more severe when a huge number of flights accumulated at the airport.
However, early morning flights operated smoothly as the visibility was 1,500 metres and general visibility was 100 metres around 6:30 am.
Fog has been affecting innumerable flights with over 1000 flights getting delayed and around 150 cancelled since December 29 last year. (ANI)

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