Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Fog affects flight operations at Delhi's IGI airport

Five flights diverted, eight cancelled and over 100 delayed by over 15 minutes; visibility on all runways said to have dropped


Fog affects flight operations at Delhi's IGI airport (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Flight operations at the IGI airport here was partially affected on Friday after dense fog enveloped the city.

Five flights, two domestic and three internationals, were diverted, eight cancelled and over 100 arriving and departing were delayed by over 15 minutes, airport officials said.

Fog started to envelope the airport around midnight and become dense between 12.30 am and 3.30 am. The visibility on all the runways dropped.

The visibility at the third runway was below 50 metres, due to which it became inoperational during this period, they said. The visibility at the main runway dropped to 125 metres, but it was operational, they added.

"Most of the diversions were due to pilots not being trained to land in low visibility conditions," airport sources said.

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