Passengers heading to New Delhi and other northern regions of the Country from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad had to wait for long hours on Monday as many flights were delayed due to heavy fog in New Delhi. Most of the northwestern plains are in its grip. On Sunday, 54 domestic and 11 global flights were delayed due to bad weather.
Dense fog at the national capital caused fall of the visibility level below 50 meters - less than the minimum needed for flight operations - resulting in the delay in departure or diversion of domestic and worldwide flights coming for Delhi.
Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB.
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A thick blanket of fog enveloped the national capital this morning and the minimum temperature settled at 6.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. "Day temperature will fall significantly", Mahesh Palawat, Vice President at Skymet Weather, said, adding the minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees was "lowest minimum of the season".
The flight operations at the airport were halted for about five hours.
A visibility of at least 125 metres is needed for a flight to take off.
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The sky will remain clear during the day, an India Meteorological Department official said. SAFAR, which has its own monitoring network, recorded "severe" levels of pollution.
In fact, this dense fog envelope would be responsible for a drop in the maximum temperatures over Delhi-NCR.
Many took to Twitter to share pictures of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and staircases.
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