Departures at Delhi airport resume after two-hour delay due to dense fog, congestion on Christmas Day

All departures at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport resumed on Tuesday morning after a two-hour delay due to low visibility conditions. They resumed at 9.16 am after they were stopped at 7.15.

Three international and one domestic flight have been diverted so far while arrivals have not been stopped, an official said. The minimum visibility required for take off is 125 metres. According to the official, since the Low Visibility Take Off (LVTO) requirement is not being fulfilled, the departure of flights was on hold for two hours.

Flight delays and cancellations are common at the Delhi airport during the winter months when foggy conditions reduce visibility to unsafe levels. Hindustan Times quoted Meteorological department data which states that in 2016-2017, at least 28 days saw visibility less than 200 metres while the visibility was less than 50 metres on 14 days. In 2017-2018, only 17 days had visibility less than 200 metres and 12 days with visibility less than 50 metres.

Jet Airways tweeted stating that their flights have been affected due to the dog advised its travellers to check their flight status.

Private weather service Skymet had predicted a foggy morning on Christmas. "While the day will remain sunny, haziness will prevail in the sky. Minimum temperature may see a slight increase but will continue to be below normal levels," it said.

Apart from air traffic getting affected, train and road movements are also severely impacted each year due to fog. Road accidents are also frequent. On Monday morning, eight people died in a 50-vehicle pileup near Haryana's Jhajjar.

Meanwhile, the air quality index of Delhi continues to remain in ‘severe’ category. At 8 am on Tuesday, AQI at Anand Vihar was 431.

Updated Date: Dec 25, 2018 12:37:46 IST