Daily Archive: January 1, 2018

Delhi Wakes up to Dense Fog on New Year’s Day; Flights, Trains Delayed Due to Low Visibility

New Delhi, Jan 1: Several trains and flights got delayed in Delhi on the New Year’s Day as dense fog engulfed the entire national capital region. Low visibility forced airport authorities to delay five domestic and seven international flights. The operation of the airport was halted when the visibility fell to 50 m. 15 trains were also cancelled due to low visibility, while 56 trains were delayed.

Meanwhile, air quality index didn’t send out good news for the people of Delhi as many areas had high levels of pollution. Delhi’s Shadipur was at 332, Siri Fort at 388 (both ‘Hazardous’), ITO at 182 (Unhealthy), Dwarka at 257 (Very Unhealthy).

Hundreds Stranded As Flights Suspended at Fog-Hit Delhi Airport

New Delhi: Delhi and its suburbs woke up to a thick fog on day one of the new year and flight operations at the airport were suspended in the morning after visibility on the runways dropped below 50 metres. Train services too have been severely hit in Delhi and several other parts of north India.

Hundreds of travellers are stuck as the departure of all domestic and international flights from the Delhi airport has been on hold since 6 this morning. Arrivals too were affected, with only some aircraft being able to land. Departures require a visibility of at least 125 metres, while plane scan land in visibility below 50 metres if the pilots are trained in CAT IIIB, which is Category Three.

56 trains headed towards the capital are late and 20 have been rescheduled. 15 have been cancelled, the Northern Railways.