Four flights diverted to other cities due to fog and low visibility
The Delhi airport witnessed four flight diversions on Thursday morning due to bad weather conditions, according to an official. The official said that two flights were diverted to Jaipur and one each to Hyderabad and Mumbai between 6:30 am and 8:30 am. The flight diversions were caused by dense fog and low visibility at the airport.
The official added that the flight operations resumed normally after 8:30 am as the visibility improved. He said that no flights were cancelled or delayed due to the weather. The airport authorities advised the passengers to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.
Delhi experiences cold wave and foggy conditions
The national capital has been experiencing cold wave and foggy conditions for the past few days, affecting the air quality and the road traffic. The minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung observatory on Thursday was 7.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal. The maximum temperature was expected to be around 19 degrees Celsius.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the cold wave conditions are likely to continue till Friday, with the minimum temperature dropping to 6 degrees Celsius. The IMD also predicted moderate to dense fog in the morning hours for the next two days.
Delhi airport equipped with advanced systems to handle fog
The Delhi airport is one of the few airports in the country that is equipped with advanced systems to handle fog and low visibility situations. The airport has three runways, out of which two are CAT III B compliant, which means that they can operate flights with a visibility of up to 50 metres. The third runway is CAT I compliant, which can operate flights with a visibility of up to 550 metres.
The airport also has a dedicated fog control room, where a team of officials from the airport operator, the Air Traffic Control, the airlines, the meteorological department, and the ground handling agencies coordinate and monitor the flight operations during fog. The airport has also installed various signages, lighting, and markings to guide the pilots and the drivers during fog.
Delhi airport among the busiest in the world
The Delhi airport is the busiest airport in India and the 12th busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The airport handled over 69 million passengers and over 4.5 lakh flight movements in the financial year 2022-23. The airport is also the largest in terms of area, covering over 5,000 acres of land.
The airport is currently undergoing a major expansion project, which will increase its capacity to handle 100 million passengers and 8.8 lakh flight movements per year by 2024. The project includes the construction of a new runway, a new terminal, and an elevated taxiway.