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Flights delayed at Delhi airport due to fog

December 27, 2018

Delhi, India's national capital is going through one of the darkest times due to heavy pollution and fog. On Tuesday, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport was shut down for nearly two hours due to heavy fog. The flight operations were cancelled at 7.15 am and resumed by 9 am. In order for arrivals of flights, a visibility of at least 50 metres is required.

Many passengers were affected by the changing flight timings since they were travelling for Christmas vacations. More than 84 incoming and outgoing flights were delayed.

Low visibility held departures at @DelhiAirport for an hour around 7.30 am as arrivals remained normal. 4 diversions so far. 3 international and 1 domestic flight. departures resumed at 9.16 am-Anvit Srivastava, Twitter User

Since most of the incoming flights gets diverted to nearby airports, The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is all set introduce the Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) system at the Delhi airport. This system will provide information to airlines about status of the fog at their destinations. This will help the airlines to plan their flights accordingly. This new system will be a great blessing to passengers because they do not have to go to nearby airports. Currently, the AAI is used in nine other countries as well.

"Today #Delhi #Airport #Palam observed first dense #Fog of the season. #Visibility reduced to zero metres at 07:30 hours. Now it is improving. #DelhiFog @SkymetWeather", tweeted Mahesh Palawat

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