Pune: Around 10 flights from Delhi to Pune were badly affected due to heavy fog at Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), as visibility level at the three runways of the airport went below 50 metres. All domestic and international flight operations were put on hold between 8 am and 10 am.
According to an airport official, “Up to 90 flights were affected. While most flights were delayed or diverted, nearly 20 were cancelled. Flights started landing again after 10 am and take-offs resumed after 11:30 am. Flights to Pune airport, like Jet Airways and Spice Jet, were badly affected.”
Hundreds of passengers waited at both Delhi airport and Pune airport. Many passengers had connecting flights to other destinations.
“While planes could land in Delhi, they were delayed because of the unavailability of parking bays, which were occupied by aircrafts waiting to take-off,” the airport official said.
Pragati Upadhyay, an IT professional at Hinjawadi, was waiting at Delhi airport, as she has to join office on Tuesday. “I came to Delhi to celebrate New Year with my family. My Jet Airways flight was delayed for more than four hours. I was waiting at Delhi airport. My flight was supposed to take off at 9.30 am but I arrived at Pune airport at 3 pm.”
Another passenger Prashant Singh, from Patna, also working at an IT firm in Hinjawadi, said, “I booked my Indigo flight via Kolkata to reach Pune by 4 pm, but due to heavy fog in Patna, the flight was cancelled. I have to join my office on Tuesday.” The airlines began sending messages to all passengers about flight delay. “Due to adverse weather (fog) at Delhi airport in the morning, all departures at Delhi have been consequently delayed. We regret the inconvenience. Kindly check the flight status on our website to get instant flight status,” Jet Airways tweeted.
“As a result, consequential delays are expected. Please check your flight status in advance for a hassle-free boarding,” Indigo airlines also tweeted.