Flight services were stopped for more than two hours today morning at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, owing to heavy fog cover. The operations were stopped since 7.15 AM.
For safe departure of flights, clear visibility of 125 metres is needed. Since that wasn’t the case, the operations were in stand-still for over two hours making life difficult for travelers. Today is Christmas, and many people are travelling to tourist spots to spend their holiday. But they had to face hardship owing to the heavy fog.
The situation is likely to worsen in the coming days with fog cover getting heavier. Arrivals though took place seamlessly as visibility of 50 metres is required for it.
Officials said that the Low Visibility Take Off (LVTO) requirement was not being fulfilled, departure of flights were on hold for two hours from around 0715 hours. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest in the country and on an average sees more than 70 flight movements per hour. This includes both arrivals and departures.