New Delhi: At least 18 flights were diverted in the national capital between 6 PM to 7 PM in the evening on Thursday due to inclement weather conditions. It includes 14 domestic and 4 international flights. In the evening, moderate rainfall along with hailstorm lashed several parts of the national capital and its adjoining areas.

News agency ANI further reported that nine flights were diverted to Jaipur, 3 flights each diverted to both Lucknow and Amritsar, 2 flights diverted to Varanasi and one flight diverted to Indore.

Reportedly, several flights faced departure delays of more than two hours due to severe rain and hailstorm in the national capital, according to officials.

“Please note that Vistara cannot give confirmed departure and arrival times for diverted flights until they receive ATC clearance to depart for Delhi. There is a massive backlog of aircraft wanting to get to Delhi. Everyone doing the best they can,” tweeted Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Vistara airlines.

According to PTI, Haryana Chief Minister Monohar Lal Khattar chartered plane was flying from Jodhpur to Delhi but it was diverted to Jaipur. He later left for Delhi in a regular flight, Jaipur airport director JS Balhara said.

Heavy rains and hailstorm accompanied by strong winds lashed the national capital this evening and brought the mercury down by four to five notches.