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Delhi-Muscat flights not affected by fog blanket


A heavy blanket of fog forced authorities in New Delhi to suspend flight movement at the airport for around three hours, leading to delay and diversion of around 150 domestic and international flights, yesterday. Photo – Reuters

Muscat: Dense fog in New Delhi, the Indian capital, has not affected Muscat-Delhi-Muscat flight schedules much, airline sources said.

"On Sunday, our flight's departure from here to Delhi was delayed by a few minutes due to the bad weather conditions in Delhi. But today (Monday), so far there is no change in schedule. The arrival time of Delhi-Muscat flight is around 9:30pm. If the weather is good, our flight will land on time," a senior official from Air India's Muscat office said.

Oman Air and Air India are the only two carriers operating Muscat-Delhi-Muscat flights here. While Oman Air has two flights to Delhi, Air India operates one flight to Delhi.

An airline source said that even though there was a few minutes' delay in the schedule of some airlines, they have managed to cover it in the flying time.

"A few minutes' delay will be covered up in the flying time. So, the schedule was not affected," the source added.

Meanwhile, according to Oman Airport Management Company's website update, the flights from Delhi are on time.

Flight number WY242 from Delhi to Muscat arrived on time and WY246 from the same destination is also on time.

The flight from Lucknow is also on time. The only delayed flight, according to the update, is WY274 from Jaipur.

According to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, a heavy blanket of fog forced authorities to suspend flight movement at the airport for around three hours, leading to delay and diversion of around 150 domestic and international flights on 6 Jan 2014.

"Since Sunday night till Monday morning, visibility had dropped to a mere 50 metres. At least 52 flights departing from Delhi and 39 arriving have been cancelled," said an official of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Dense fog started to descend at the airport around 7pm on Sunday evening. Within two hours, the runway visibility dropped from 500 metres to less than 100 metres. Operations almost came to a complete halt around 10pm after runway visibility dipped to less than 75 metres, which is the minimum required visibility condition for an aircraft to land using CAT IIIB instrument landing system.

Delhi had been witnessing dense fog since last Saturday which, according to the Indian Met department, is the "season's worst". Met officials said it may be the worst fog after January 2010.

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