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Last Updated Friday April 20 2018 04:05 PM IST

300 flights delayed, 8 canceled at IGI as fog engulfs Delhi on New Year

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fog-airport Flight operations were affected at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi between 7.30 am and 11 am with visibility dropping to below 50 meters. Representational image

New Delhi: Over 300 flights were delayed and eight canceled as dense fog severely hampered visibility at the Indira Gandhi International airport here this morning.

Nearly all flights arriving into and departing from Delhi were affected. About 265 domestic flights and 67 international flights were delayed.

There have been eight cancellations so far, all of which were domestic flights.

No take-offs could take place between 7.30 am to 9.30 am, according to an airport official. This was because runway visual range (RVR) was between 100-125 meters, while aircraft require more than 125 meters RVR for take off.

While planes could land in Delhi, they were delayed because of unavailability of parking bays, which were occupied by aircraft waiting to take-off, the official said.

There were no diversions to nearby airports due to fog, according to the official.

Vistara's chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor, took to Twitter to describe the mess at Delhi airport this morning.

"All departures were held up due to fog, arrivals not getting gates as all occupied by aircraft waiting to depart. Departures finally starting to happen now. Consequential delays expected through the day across the network," Kapoor tweeted.

At least 15 trains were canceled while 56 trains were running late and 20 have been rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.

A shallow fog would continue throughout the region all through the day, the Met said.  

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