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Monday, 04 November, 2019, 13 : 15 PM [IST]

IGI Airport diverts 37 flights yesterday due to poor visibility

According to a report in The Economic Times, about 37 flights of various airlines, including 12 flights of Air India, could not land at Delhi airport yesterday due to poor visibility and were diverted to nearby airports of Lucknow, Jaipur and Amristar. The visibility at Delhi airport fell to below the minimum visibility required due to smog, primarily created by crop burning in Punjab and Haryana, and has engulfed the city for the past week.

Sources said that the visibility dropped below the permissible level between 9 am and 1 pm leading to diversions.

“Due to low visibility at Delhi Airport 37 flights have been diverted between 9 am and 1 pm to places including Jaipur, Amritsar and Lucknow among others,” said a spokesperson for Delhi airport.

The visibility, however, improved post 1 pm leading to normal movements at the airport. “However, there were delays in departure due to delay in arrival of the aircraft that were diverted,” said an airport source, who did not want to be identified. An Air India spokesperson, in a statement, said that flights have been diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow and Amritsar.
 
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