Saturday , 19 September 2020

New Delhi flights delayed due to fog, contradicts earlier press release by airport operator DIAL

Just about 24 hours earlier, DIAL the operators of New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were proudly drumming their success of zero impact of fog on the early morning of 10th December.

On 11th December, fifteen flights were delayed after a thick blanket of fog engulfed the capital, reducing the Runway Visibility Range (RVR) to 400 meters. This against an RVR of 850 meters on Wednesday when DIAL claimed 111 flight operations with zeo impact.

The airliners had to reschedule a number of flights to several domestic destinations, airport sources said. Also, a Spice Jet flight from Mumbai to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur.

The airport authorities had to initiate No Visibility Procedure at 6.54 a.m. as the RVR was very low, the sources said.

Contradicting earlier claims in a press release by the airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), about a dozen flights were delayed yesterday also due to the fog.

Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted more fog for the next two days.

I went back and checked the IGIA website and the press release has been removed.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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