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Flight Operations Disrupted At Delhi Airport Due To Zero Visibility Amid Dense Fog


New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi grappled with extensive disruptions to flight operations on Tuesday due to a sharp decline in visibility, plummeting to just 50 metres. 

At 8:30 am, a marginal improvement in visibility was noted, reaching 75 metres from the previously challenging 50-metre mark, offering a brief respite. However, the reprieve was short-lived as visibility swiftly regressed back to 50 metres shortly thereafter, maintaining the zero visibility conditions. 

As of now, five flights have been diverted to Jaipur since 8.30–10 am due to weather conditions at Delhi airport, the sources said. Meanwhile, Delhi Airport again issued a passenger advisory on the second consecutive day. 

“While landings and take-offs continue at Delhi Airport, flights that are not CAT III compliant may get affected. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted,” reads the advisory issued by Delhi Airport. 

The airport authorities initiated the anti-fog landing system, technically called the CAT-lll Instrument Landing System (ILS). The CAT IlI system helps with a precision approach and landing when the runway visibility level is low. 

The IMD released satellite images on Tuesday morning showing a layer of fog spreading over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. 

The Delhi-NCR region was also covered with a dense layer of fog on Tuesday morning, as the temperature dropped to almost 7 degrees in the national capital, according to the India Meteorological Department.

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