3 flights cancelled as fog blinds Delhi
■ CHANDIGARH: Dense fog in Delhi continued to hamper the movement of trains and flights from the city. While three morning flights from the city airport were cancelled, trains are also running several hours behind schedule.
Two flights of Kingfisher airlines to Delhi and another flight of Air India were cancelled on Friday morning. Officials at the city airport said the flights were cancelled as they did not come from Delhi only.
"This is the second time that the flights were cancelled this winter. Though there had been regular delays ranging between 45 minutes and an hour, there were no cancellations, barring two, this winter," he added.
Passengers, who had reached the airport to board their flights in the morning, had to bear the brunt as after making them wait for a couple of hours, it was announced that the flights had been cancelled. Irate passengers, who had no option, left the airport. While many cancelled their trip, others took trains and buses.
Airport controller HS Toor said, "We are helpless at the airport here as the flights from Delhi are not reaching the city. Though the Delhi airport has one of the most advanced instrument landing systems, they are not being able to make the flights take off. It is something that cannot be dealt with as the fog is pretty bad.”
Officials maintained that if the city were clouded with fog like Delhi, it would not be possible to operate even a single flight.
A similar scenario prevailed at the city railway station, where trains coming from Delhi were running several hours late. While the morning Delhi-kalka Shatabdi reached around oneand-a-half hours behind schedule, other trains, including Himalayan Queen, also ran several hours late.