Published on : Monday, November 21, 2016
All the flights to and fro Srinagar Airport had to face cancellations and delays as a thick layer of fog hit and engulfed the entire area near the airport from the afternoon of Thursday, 17th November.
Poor visibility due to the dense fog around the Kashmir Valley forced flight operations to halt for four consecutive days. Srinagar Airport’s director of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Sharad Kumar informed that no flight operations took place on 20th November due to poor visibility caused by dense fog and he also added that it was the fourth consecutive day, where all the flights were affected at the Srinagar Airport.
According to sources, the flight operations started to get affected from the afternoon on Thursday, 17th November and from 18th November, no flights operated from the Srinagar airport. The authorities informed that around 17 flights operate on a daily basis at the airport.
Due to the flight cancellations, hundreds of passengers had to be stranded at the airport in the midst of the cold and dry weather. According to the sources, the passengers were first informed about flight delays but they were later informed that the flights had to be cancelled due to the dense fog combined with smoke.
The dense fog did not just affect the flight operations, but it also affected the road and rail transportation, especially during the morning hours.
Prior to the sudden halt in the operations, the Meteorological Office predicted about a similar weather at the valley.