Delhi, the national capital of India, started today with a season's lowest temperature so far. At 6.10 am, the minimum temperature dropped to 2.4 degree Celsius, said India Meteorological Department (IMD). With the bone-chilling cold, a layer of dense enveloped Delhi today morning and disrupted rail, road and air traffic. Several flights flying in and out of the Delhi international airport have either been delayed or diverted to other nearby airports. The visibility reduced to zero near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, said the weather department.
Delhi Airport Authority informed that low visibility procedure are implemented at the airport. Passengers are advised to contact the airlines for the updated information, Delhi Airport Authority said.
"While landings and take offs continue at Delhi airport, flights that are not CAT III B compliant may get affected," Delhi airport authority tweeted from its official handle today. Official cited poor visibility for the disruption in the flight operations today.
Flights are operating at the airport under CAT III B conditions, which means that the runway visual range (RVR) is between 50 metre and 175 metre. Four flights have been diverted today, reported ANI.
Budget airlines SpiceJet issued travel advisory for the passengers flying with them. Due to bad weather at Delhi, Patna, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Varanasi & Gwalior, all departures and arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected, said SpiceJet.
Visatara said due to poor visibility at the Delhi airport, all departures, arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected.
IndiGo also informed its passengers that flight operations in the national capital will be impacted due to dense fog in Delhi.
On December 20, over 750 flights were delayed, 19 cancelled and five were diverted from the national capital due to poor visibility.
Delhi is going to experience cold wave and severe cold day conditions simultaneously till December 29, IMD has said. After December 29, the national capital could see a rise in day temperature, The cold and increase in fog cover also pushed the air quality into the ‘severe’ zone from the ‘very poor’ category.