Dense fog blankets Delhi

Ebony Scott
January 2, 2018

Dense fog engulfed the Delhi airport in the morning hours, resulting in dropping of visibility below 50 m. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip.

The airline is also allowing passengers to change or cancel their flight bookings without any penalty.

While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven worldwide flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog.

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 22.6 and 7.2 degrees Celsius respectively.

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Visibility improved to 2,000 metres later in the day and operations were restored to normal. The three-hour suspension of flight operations meant that it took hours for the backlog to clear. Also the airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings - CAT IIIB system - under which an aircraft can land in visibility of 25 to 50 metres.

All flights - both domestic and worldwide - were not allowed to take off between 6 am and 11 am.

The low visibility led to the cancellation of one flight and rescheduling of five domestic and seven International flights at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. 15 have been cancelled, the Northern Railways said. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius. An official of the department said that it was the densest fog of this season. SAFAR, which has its own monitoring network, recorded "severe" levels of pollution.

Many tweeted photos of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and staircases.

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