Heavy fog expected to hit the national capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport from December 10 is likely to continue till February next year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) on Wednesday.
It was at a meeting held to review the fog preparedness at the north Indian airports that the aviation regulator DGCA was warned of the upcoming fog situation.
DGCA chief Arun Mishra met representatives of airport operators, domestic and foreign airlines, the meteorological department and security agencies, according to an official statement from the civil aviation ministry. "The meeting considered the measures being taken with regard to airside, terminal-side and kerbside preparedness," the ministry said.
The statement added that DGCA has asked the airlines to ensure that adequate number of CAT-III ILS (instrument landing system)-trained pilots are available to operate flights during fog.
"They (airlines) should reschedule the flights of non-CAT-III compliant aircraft during the fog period. Airlines must ensure that passengers are provided basic amenities along with provision of food at alternate airports in case of diverted flights," the statement said. The statement added that the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) would review daily the fog situation during the period.