Fog delays 400 trains and 500 flights

Michele Moreno
January 2, 2018

According to an airport official, flights were stopped from taking off between 6 and 10 a.m., while landing on nearly all flights was delayed.

A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital and its suburbs on New Year Day, hitting domestic and worldwide operations at the Delhi airport and delaying departing and arriving trains.

Earlier in the day, low visibility led to the cancellation of one flight and rescheduling of five domestic and seven global flights. Over 270 flights were delayed.

Hundreds of passengers at Delhi's airport and several railway stations in north India were left stranded on Monday after multiple flights and trains got affected due to the thick fog. The national transporter has recently installed 4,920 such devices in the most fog-affected rail zones.On Sunday, the minimum temperature had settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.almost all flights arriving and departing from Delhi were affected. Among the 300 hundred delayed, 265 were domestic flights and the rest worldwide.

The sky will remain clear during the day, an India Meteorological Department official said. The visibility later improved to 100 metres at 3 a.m. and to 200 metres at 6 a.m. "Day temperature will fall significantly", Mahesh Palawat, Vice President at Skymet Weather, said, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season". The heavy blanket of fog engulfed the national capital region on the New Year morning.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) at Delhi's Shadipur was recorded at 332, and Siri Fort at 388 - both in the "hazardous" category.

Departures require visibility of at least 125 metres, while planes can land when visibility is below 50 metres if pilots are trained in the use of CAT IIIB.

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