Heavy fog disrupts flight schedule in Delhi

Heavy fog disrupts flight schedule in Delhi

Heavy fog disrupts flight schedule in Delhi

Trains and flights were hit for the second day in a row as a thick fog cover descended on the national capital region on Tuesday with visibility dropping to 300 metres. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip. As of last updating this report, there were no cancellations though as many as 20 flights had been delayed.

Delhi airport used advanced technology, CAT IIIB for low-visibility landings.

Another airport source said that these delays with morning flights impacts the operation for a full day and the airline may have to cancel flights during the day to bring sanity in their operations.

The weather department has confirmed that the temperature at New Delhi was recorded at 6.4 degree Celsius on Sunday morning - a bit below the average temperature of the season. The three-hour suspension of flight operations meant that it took hours for the backlog to clear.

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All flights - both domestic and global - were not allowed to take off between 6 am and 11 am. However, for take-offs a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

The Northern Railways said over 50 trains coming to Delhi were running late and 20 were rescheduled. The maximum was likely to hover around 21 degrees.

In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR. SAFAR, which has its own monitoring network, recorded "severe" levels of pollution.

Many took to Twitter to share pictures of their areas covered by the blinding fog as the hashtag #delhifog was among the most trending topics on the microblogging site.

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