Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Dense fog disrupts train, flight operations in Delhi

The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

Concerns were raised about additional costs involved for airlines due to diversions and cancellations, in a meeting held to review standard operating procedures (SOPs) for flight operations during the fog.

Train services were also adversely affection in Delhi and several other parts of north India, with about 64 trains delayed, 21 cancelled and 24 rescheduled. Visibility stood at 50 metres disrupting train and flight operations.

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Delhi keeps on to be wearing a veil in dense fog for the fourth consecutive day, which has severely affected services at both the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and the railway stations. However, flights continued to be affected, with close to 40 hit. Planes can land in visibility below 50 metres only if the pilots are trained in CAT IIIB (a system of advanced technology for low-visibility landings that allows aircraft qualified to land in visibility of 25-50 metres).

Departures require a visibility of at least 125 metres.

Misty conditions on Wednesday evening also brought traffic to a crawl in Gurgaon. According to the India Meteorological Department, general visibility improved to 200 metres at IGI Airport as compared to zero metres in the past two days.

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