Delhi airport flight status alert: 40 cancelled, 21 diverted, 530 delayed; check departures, arrivals

Debjit Sinha
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Delhi airport flight status: A thick blanket of fog, that engulfed the Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and other parts of national capital territory, threw air traffic out of gear at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). A staggering number of 530 flights were delayed, 40 have been cancelled and 21 diverted at IGI airport on Monday, as per a PTI report. Delhi Airport witnessed flights operating under CAT III B conditions. Under this conditions, the runway visual range (RVR) remains between 50 metres and 175 metres.

Delhi Airport authority issued a statement on Twitter saying, "Due to ongoing dense fog situation, flight operations are impacted at Delhi Airport. CAT II and CAT IIIA compliant aircraft and pilots are able to operate. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information. Inconvenience caused to the flier is regretted."

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Category II (CAT II) means the runway visual range (RVR) not less than 300 metre. Category IIIA (CAT IIIA) means a runway visual range not less than 175 metre.

Taking cognizance of the problems faced by flyers due to such prevailing weather conditions in Delhi and surrounding areas, several airlines have issued travel advisories. A few of them have issued numbers for passengers assistance.

Vistara has issued a statement, "Fog Alert! Due to dense fog and poor visibility in Delhi, arrivals/departures from Delhi are delayed with consequential impact across the network. Check flight status before booking and going to the airport." Vistara has also released a number for passenger assistance – 92899228888.

IndiGo has issued a travel advisory stating, "Due to dense fog and poor visibility in the Northern region, our flights are impacted." IndiGo has issued passenger query numbers — 9910383838 and 01246173838. SpiceJet in its weather update stated, "Due to bad weather at Delhi (DEL), all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status."