As Delhi was engulfed in a blanket of fog last morning, Mumbai’s flight operation was crippled. Due to the weather conditions in the capital, Mumbai airport witnessed delays, diversions and flight disruptions across the network. A total of 66 flights were delayed and 19 were cancelled across the domestic network.
A thick blanket of fog covers the India Gate in New Delhi on Friday morning. PIC/PTI
All the operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were halted till noon — delaying around 35 flights — as the visibility was below 75 metres.
The flights that managed to take off suffered a delay of around three hours, which affected the flight schedule for the day. The city airport didn't see arrival of any flights from Delhi until noon on Thursday.
Vistara Airline has 10 departures from Mumbai to Delhi, which were all delayed. Only their first flight, which was at 7.30 am, was late by an hours, while others withstood a delay of more than two hours.
Jet Airways' six flights had be cancelled, while three had to be diverted. However, 16 of Jet flights had to face severe delays. The only Mumbai-bound Jet flight from Delhi that was cancelled was 9W 308, which takes off at around 3.30pm from Delhi. However, the diverted ones included 9W 824 (Thiruvananthapuram-Bengaluru-Delhi diverted to Amritsar), 9W 822 (Chennai–Delhi diverted to Lucknow) and 9W 4687 (Ahmedabad - Delhi diverted to Jaipur).
Disgruntled passengers faced inconvenience at the airport of both the metros. An official from Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said, "The airport saw passengers stranded for hours since early morning. The airlines notified their passengers about the probable delays that reduced the number of passengers being stuck in the city airport."
"Delhi- Mumbai has more than 70 operations every day, but all of them were badly affected due to Delh’s weather conditions. Apart from this, AI 695 to Varanasi stood cancelled due to unavailability of crew," added the official.
I had an early morning flight, but spent almost the entire day at the Delhi airport as my flight was delayed for over four hours. I boarded the aircraft at 7.30am but my flight took off only at around 1 pm.
I have no clue when I would be able to take off from Delhi, as it seemed impossible during the morning. My flight took off at 12.30 after a delay of three hours.
Though I had an idea of the weather at Delhi, I did not expect my departure to be delayed. It was a troublesome day for not only me but also all passengers arriving and departing from Mumbai.
This is the worst travel experience till date. I have flown in he season earlier, but flying to Delhi has never been so bad.