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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 11:17 IST

Flight operations hit at Delhi Airport due to zero visibility amid dense fog

Dense fog spread across Delhi brought down the visibility to zero, adversely affecting the flight operations.

Ronit Singh
Delhi Airport: Flight ops hit amid dense fog
Flight ops hit amid dense fog | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: Dense fog spread across the national capital on Monday brought down the visibility to zero in several parts of the city, adversely affecting the flight operations at Delhi Airport. 

The airport authority issued an advisory urging the passengers to contact their concerned flight operators for latest updates on timings. 

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“While landing and take-offs continue at Delhi airport, flights that are not CAT III compliant may get affected. Passengers requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted,” the Delhi airport wrote.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that very dense fog had been affecting the airport since the early hours of the Monday morning with Runway Visual Range (RVR) on all runways measuring between 125 to 175 metres, promoting the use of CAT IIIB operations for takeoffs and landings.

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“Very Dense fog with zero Visibility prevailing at Delhi IGI Airport since 0530 hrs IST today. RVR at all RWYs 125 to 175m and Operations are under CAT IIIB,” the IMD wrote in its bulletin.

The CAT IIIB instrument landing system is designed as an anti-fog landing system activated during low visibility conditions. Although CAT III facilitates a precise approach for landing, its effectiveness diminishes when visibility levels drop below 50 feet.

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Meanwhile, the temperature in Delhi on Monday morning was recorded at 9.4 degrees Celsius, according to the weather department.

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 11:02 IST

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