Dense fog in Delhi has affected over 100 flights with thousands of passengers from the city getting stranded at the airports in Delhi and Mumbai.
According to airport officials, between Sunday evening and Monday morning, the visibility at Delhi airport fell below 50 metres. At least 40 flights from/to Mumbai were affected due to the fog in Delhi, sources at Mumbai airport said.
Vishwas Kumar, a city-based professor who had to cancel his official visit to Delhi on Sunday due to fog, said, “I waited till the last minute hoping the weather would get better. But then, I was left with no option but to cancel the tickets. Now, I will have to wait till I can get the next flight. This has been a setback for me.”
Delhi airport is equipped with the CAT-III B Instrument Landing System (ILS) which allows an aircraft to land even when the runway visibility is up to 50 metres.
Delhi airport this year has initiated a collaborative decision-making mechanism called as Delhi Airport Collaborative Decision Making
(DA-CDM). This decision-making is done among the airport authority, airlines, MET department and others. This mechanism aims to reduce delays by co-ordinated efforts and optimising resources utilisation. The airlines too have been keeping the passengers informed about the delays.
“With winter in Mumbai, the dense fog and zero visibility has once again created difficulty for the airlines and even more so for travellers.
With more than 100 flights being diverted or cancelled due to bad weather, we have definitely seen a slight drop in the number of passengers flying in and out of Mumbai at this time of the year. This has been driven by travellers postponing travel, opting for other modes of transport as well as avoiding early morning and late evening flights, in a bid to avoid delays in travel plans,” said Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.