3 flights can­celled as fog blinds Delhi

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Live Correspondent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ 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.

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