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Thick fog shuts Delhi airport, 86 flights hit

Posted on Feb 01, 12:18PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 1 : At least 86 flights leaving Indira Gandhi International Airport were affected as the airport authorities were forced to shut down the runways due to dense fog and low visibility, that draped the whole city on early Friday morning, said reports.

Fifty eight domestic flights could not take off on schedule and seven international flights were delayed due to heavy fog in the morning.

Seventeen domestic flights, which were scheduled for arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport were delayed while four flights had to be diverted to other cities.

The visibility on both the domestic and international runways was below 50 metres ,whereas a minimum of 125 metres of visibility is required for flights to take off.

The foggy weather was spotted since last night in the capital not sparing the airport area.

Thick fog was also reported in south Delhi as well and on the toll road connecting the Capital to Noida. Visibility was almost zero in stretches on the Outer Ring Road.