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Fog partially affects flight operations at IGI airport

NEW DELHI: Fog reduced visibility at the IGI airport here today partially affecting operations with nine domestic and international flights diverted to nearby cities.

Though the airport witnessed fog in the morning it had no effect on flight operations as the runway visibility remained above 400 metres, due to which most of the flights took off on time, an airport official said.

But the visibility suddenly dipped around 10 AM when fog became dense and the runway visibility also dipped, forcing airport authorities to divert incoming domestic and international flights to nearby Chandigarh, Jaipur, Agra, Mumbai and Lucknow.

Only eight flights, two due to poor weather at destination and six due to operational reasons were cancelled, while 19 flight were delayed due to above reasons.

Poor visibility forced the airport authorities to implement low visibility procedures (LVP) implemented at new runway (29/11) from 0306 hours, and on main runway (28/10) from 1115 hours. During this a total of 360 flights operated using CAT I, II, and III instrument landing system, of which 200 operated using CAT-I, 138 with CAT-II and only 22 with CAT-III ILS.

When the visibility dipped, three international flights from Dhaka, London and Bangkok of Jet Airways, British Airways and Air India were diverted to Lucknow and Mumbai.

While a Kingfisher flight from Chandigarh was returned back to its origin as the ATR aircraft was not equipped to land in poor visibility. Two flights each were diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow and three to Chandigarh.

According to Met department, the airport may witness dense fog from 10.30 PM and very dense fog from 02.30 AM tomorrow.
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