Published on : Monday, January 1, 2018
Hundred of passengers were stranded for several hours after the flight operations were suspended as the visibility on the runway dropped below 50 metres. The train services were also badly hit in Delhi and other parts of north India.
At about 6 am all domestic and international flights from Delhi airport were put on hold and they started taking off only a little before 11.
It was reported that three hundred flights were delayed and 8 cancelled due to poor visibility. 265 were domestic flights and the rest international among the 300 flights.
There was a huge rush for the elevators, staircases and the escalator to the departure hall as soon information trickled in that boarding has begun.
There was a massive backlog as planes queued up at tarmac take-off but no flights had been cancelled so far.
A visibility of 125 metres is needed for the departure while landing can occur in visibility below 50 metres if the pilots are trained in CAT IIIB, this is a system that allows advanced technology for low visibility.
The Northern Railways said that 56 trains heading towards the capital were late while 20 were rescheduled.