Another airport source said that these delays with morning flights impacts the operation for a full day and the airline may have to cancel flights during the day to bring sanity in their operations. This happened due to a rapid build up of particulate matter owing to foggy conditions, even as Delhiites stepped out in large numbers to mark the first day of the New Year. No flights could take off from Delhi's IGI for almost four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am, according to an airport official. "This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year".
According to the Indian Meteorological department, general visibility improved to 200 metres at IGI as compared to zero metres the past two days. As many as 56 trains were delayed, 20 were rescheduled and 15 were cancelled, according to Northern Railways. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius. Sources said that almost 50 planes were sent to nearby airports as many pilots were not trained in this technology.
Monday's maximum temperature settled at 20.1 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average while the minimum was recorded at 5.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average. All flights to and from the national capital are on standby and no operations are active as of now due to low visibility, news agency ANI reported.
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Take-offs at IGI require a minimum RVR of 125 metres and landings can take place with a minimum RVR of 50 metres.
Tuesday began on a very cold note for Delhi-NCR people with a dense fog covering the sky in the entire region.