All the terminals at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were packed with passengers, who drove on fog-covered roads to catch their morning flights. Save for a couple of global flights, all other flights that were heading North were delayed, they said. No flights could take off from Delhi's IGI for almost four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am, according to an airport official.
"Delhi woke up to worst fog of the season". Three hundred flights were delayed and 8 cancelled due to poor visibility. However, visibility improved during the day, it went up to 2000 meters and the operation became normal, but due to the trouble in the morning, delayed planes were delayed and waiting for six hours.
Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 22.6 and 7.2 degrees Celsius respectively.
Delhi airport used advanced technology, CAT IIIB for low-visibility landings. The runway visual range was 100-125 metres, while aircraft require more than 125 metres for take-off.
The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday began on a very cold note for Delhi-NCR people with a dense fog covering the sky in the entire region.
On January 1, 2018, the air pollution in the national capital stood on the brink of emergency level adding to the worsening fog condition. Those travelling from trains have also faced the issues of rescheduling of their trains due to fog in several parts of northern India.
The fog also affected train operations with more than 50 trains running behind schedule at the New Delhi railway station.