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Over 600 flights affected due to worst fog in 8 years

New Delhi: The worst fog of the last eight years has affected the schedule of over 600 domestic and international flights at Delhi airport, causing inconvenience to thousands of travellers.Airport had witnessed the second longest
PTI January 06, 2014 21:38 IST
PTI
New Delhi: The worst fog of the last eight years has affected the schedule of over 600 domestic and international flights at Delhi airport, causing inconvenience to thousands of travellers.

Airport had witnessed the second longest duration of dense fog conditions in last eight years, which led to suspension of flight operations for about three hours on Sunday night.

A total of 463 flights were delayed, 52 diverted and 140 cancelled due to poor visibility due to dense fog, between 1 AM of Sunday night and 12 noon of today, airport officials said.

The heavy blanket of fog forced authorities to suspend flight movement at the IGI Airport for around three hours on Sunday night, leading to delay and diversion of around 150 domestic and international flights.  Between 8 PM last night and 8 AM this morning, around 150 flights, either arriving here or departing from here have been cancelled or diverted due to extremely poor visibility at the airport due to dense fog, an airline official said.

As operations remained suspended, it led to cascading effect on the schedule of other morning flights and finally a large number of flights had to cancelled, the officials said, adding even the airlines were clue less and where finding themselves to handle the situation.