The Hush Post| 14:15 pm |two-minute-read
About 200 flights were affected because of dense fog and bad weather in the national capital on Saturday which led to chaos at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
Passengers complained of not being informed in advance and also that there was no word on when services would resume.
As per a news report, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel said that due to the flight cancellations and delays the airport looked like a “bus adda”.
“It became very difficult to manage the passengers as many flights got diverted or delayed. This resulted into a very crowded airport terminal,” an official said.
The airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited spokesperson, said, “Dense fog on Friday led to low visibility around the airport terminals, and because of that CAT III B has been activated since 5 am. Though departures took place till 5.30 am and the arrivals till 6 am, flight operations were affected.”
Flight operations were hit between 5.30 am and 1 pm yesterday.”
Around 420 of 450 flights were either departing or arriving beyond their scheduled time. All this was a result of dense fog that remained till around 10.20am. Rest were either diverted or cancelled,” the official said.
Departures were largely put on hold between 5.30 am and 10.20 am.
Arrivals were happening only intermittently between 6 am and 7.20 am, another official said.
The Met Department has said that dense fog is likely over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in the morning.
“Cold wave conditions at a few places very likely over Punjab and at isolated pockets over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh and interior Odisha,” the weather office said.