Flights cancelled for fog fears, low passenger load

December 31st, 2008 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) At least 10 early morning flights were cancelled Wednesday due to low passenger load and anticipation of fog, but flight operations otherwise remained normal, said an airport official.Flights cancelled included those of Jet Airways and its low-cost carrier, Jetlite, besides IndiGo and GoAir.

The runway visibility range (RVR) was 2,000 metres - much above the standard 200 metres - leading to smooth movement of flights, the official told IANS, adding: “There was hardly any fog. Therefore, there has been no disruption of flight schedules.”

Since fogs started hitting the city Dec 22, 14 flights were diverted and 126 flew in low visibility conditions, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which manages the airport at the national capital, said in a statement Tuesday.

Flights operating in and out of Delhi were severely affected by the dense fog Monday and Tuesday as visibility fell below 50 metres. Over 350 domestic and international flights were delayed and 35 flights were cancelled over these two days.

Flight operations at Delhi airport were badly affected due to heavy fog for last two days.

Following huge delays in flights in the capital, the aviation regulator Tuesday asked the Delhi airport management to give priority to flights heading to the fog-hit north Indian cities.

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