Fog disrupts India’s new year flights

It was a hazy start to the New Year for air travellers, with flights in and out of Delhi getting disrupted due to a thick blanket of fog in the capital and other parts of North India.

The Runway Visibility Range (RVR) dropped to near zero on Sunday night and Monday morning in Delhi, according to India’s Economic Times.

And no respite seems to be in sight with visibility dropping down to 150 metres by Monday evening. The fog period is expected to last till January 15. On Monday, 24 domestic flights and 12 international services were diverted, while 11 domestic flights were rescheduled and 16 cancelled.

Airline executives said this will have a cascading impact across their entire network, leading to delays and disruption in flight services in the days to come. “This has been the worst fog-effected day this season,” said an Air Deccan official. Jet Airways had to cancel half-a-dozen flights, while combining and diverting more than a dozen flights.