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Delhi fog holds up flights to Mumbai for 3rd day on the trot

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 9:42am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Thousands of fliers on the Delhi-Mumbai route faced a lot of inconvenience for the third consecutive day as dense fog in the national capital continued to affect visibility at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Wednesday.

Scores of air passengers were stranded for several hours at IGI and Chhatrapati Shivaji International airports, officials said. Nearly 50 flights to and from Mumbai were affected due to the weather phenomenon.

According to a statement released by the Delhi airport, a thick blanket of fog caused the visibility fall below 50 meters, forcing the administration to suspend landing from 7.10am to 7.54am and take-offbetween 6.28am and 8.35am.

CSIA officials said the 21 arrivals and 27 departures were affected in Mumbai.

The Delhi airport is equipped with CAT-III B Instrument Landing System, which allows an aircraft to land even when the runway visibility is up to 50 metres. However, the system has not been of much help as visibility has gone below 50 metres for the past three days.

Officials said the Delhi airport has recently initiated a collaborative decision making mechanism called the Delhi Airport Collaborative Decision Making. This aims to reduce delays by co-ordinated efforts in optimising the resource utilization. The airlines too have been keeping the passengers informed about the delays, said officials.

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