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Delhi: Departures put on hold, 8 flights diverted as dense fog disrupts operations at IGI Airport

The Palam observatory recorded visibility at 50 metres at 8.30 am while at the Safdarjung observatory, it was recorded at 350 metres.

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New Delhi Published on: January 03, 2019 11:32 IST
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Flight movement affected at Delhi Airport

Several parts of the national capital were engulfed in dense fog Thursday morning which led to disruption in flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for two hours. All flight departures were put on hold from 7.30 am to 9.30 am due to low visibility conditions, a source said.

"Departures were put on hold from 7.30 am to around 9.30 am because of low visibility due to fog. In this two-hour period, arrivals were operating as usual. The departures resumed at around 9.30 am when the visibility became better," a source said.

"Total eight flights were diverted from Delhi airport between 7.30 am and 9.30 am. Most of these diversions happened due to pilot non-compliance," the source said.

The minimum visibility required for take off is 125 metres.

The Palam observatory recorded visibility at 50 metres at 8.30 am while at the Safdarjung observatory, it was recorded at 350 metres.

The minimum temperature settled at 6.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the MeT Department said.

The humidity level was recorded at 100 per cent.

The maximum temperature during the day is expected to settle around 23 degrees Celsius as the weather office predicted clear skies throughout the day.

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