Dense fog hits air, train traffic in Delhi, cold wave continues

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014,20:38 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A massive blanket of fog settled over the city this morning, severely disrupting air and rail traffic with 27 flights delayed and nearly 90 trains running late. Cold weather conditions continued to prevail in the national capital with the minimum temperature being recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
The visibility according by MeT departments officials was 500 meters at 5.30 AM which decreased significantly to 50 meters at 8.30 AM. 27 flights were delayed mainly in international arrival and domestic departure due to fog. According to a Northern Railway official, six trains have been cancelled. While 79 trains are running late due to the adverse weather conditions, departure timings of 10 others had to be rescheduled.
Rajdhani trains originating from Dibrugarh, Bhubaneshwar, Sealdah and Ranchi were among the trains running late. The MeT has predicted that the sky will remain mainly clear during the day, with the maximum temperature hovering around 20 degrees Celsius. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 21.2 degrees, while the minimum settled at 4.8 degrees Celsius.

Students cycle to school on a foggy morning in Gurgaon on Tuesday.

Students cycle to school on a foggy morning in Gurgaon on Tuesday.

Foggy weather hits flight services in Abu Dhabi
Dubai | Severe fog conditions hit the airline services in capital Abu Dhabi and forced the closure of its International Airport after several flights were diverted and delayed, authorities said today. The runaway of the Abu Dhabi International Airport had to be closed on Monday morning due to heavy fog and flights were diverted to other destinations in the region.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said in a statement that it diverted 15 inbound flights to five other airports in the region  Dubai World Central, Sharjah, Muscat, Al Ain and Bahrain – following closure of the airport. The airline said that the other inbound flights were delayed and departures from Abu Dhabi were affected.
The airport runways were closed at 7.30 am causing serious disruption to flights by all airlines. Etihad Airways diverted 16 inbound flights to five other airports in the region and delayed the arrival and departures of other services, the airline said. Following the reopening of the airport at 9.40 am, all of the diverted flights have proceeded to Abu Dhabi, while delayed flights have begun departing, it said.
Other flights were being rescheduled to carry passengers to their destinations and extra staff has been ushered in to Abu Dhabi International Airport to assist delayed passengers. Etihad Airways expects further delays throughout the day as aircraft are repositioned and flights are rescheduled. Etihad Airways is working to minimise disruption to its customers, and will provide updates, the statement said.