Several Flights To and From Delhi Airport Delayed as Dense Fog, Low Visibility Affects Aerial Movement

Low Visibility Procedures are in progress at Delhi Airport. All flight operations are presently normal. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information, informed the Delhi Airport Authorities.

Updated: January 11, 2022 12:35 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Rajashree Seal

A layer of dense fog envelops the city this morning. Visuals from Terminal 3, IGI airport area (ANI Photo)
A layer of dense fog envelops the city this morning. Visuals from Terminal 3, IGI airport area (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Low visibility due to the thick blanket of fog hovering over the national capital has led to the delay of several flights to and from Delhi Airport, however, there was no cancellation or diversion reported, said a senior Delhi airport official on Tuesday. The official said that several flights got delayed by 5-15 minutes due to dense fog. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information, any inconvenience is regretted. He added that they are updating information related to flight operations on social media handles of Delhi airport for passengers.

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Delhi airport took to Twitter to inform passengers about the flight operations: “Low Visibility Procedures are in progress at Delhi Airport. All flight operations are presently normal. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information.”

Dense Fog was reported over Palam airport reducing the visibility to just 50 meters between 06:30 and 08:00 hours in the morning. According to the IMD, ‘very dense’ fog is when visibility is between 0 and 50 metres. In the case of ‘dense’ fog, visibility is between 51 and 200 meters, ‘moderate’ is between 201 and 500 metres, and ‘shallow’ is between 501 and 1,000 metres.

On Tuesday, Delhiites woke up to a foggy morning with the minimum temperature in the national capital settling at 6.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average, according to the IMD. “The city will see mainly clear sky, which will become partly cloudy towards evening or night. There is likely to be moderate to dense fog on Wednesday morning,” the weather department said.

The maximum temperature for the day will hover around 19 degrees Celsius, it said. The relative humidity at 8.30 am was 100 per cent.

Delhi’s air quality was in the ‘poor’ category with the air quality index (AQI) recorded at 228 at 8 am, Central Pollution Control Board data showed. The air quality in neighbouring towns such as Noida (196), Greater Noida (194), Ghaziabad (185) and Gurgaon (193) was in the ‘moderate’ category. It was ‘poor’ in Faridabad (209). An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

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Published Date: January 11, 2022 12:22 PM IST

Updated Date: January 11, 2022 12:35 PM IST