Delhi Airport Gears Up for Safe Flight Ops During Fog


Delhi International Airport is designed to ensure safe flight operations as the fog increases in the city, operator DIAL said on Tuesday.

The airport uses an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) cell that has representatives from domestic airlines, air traffic control and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to ensure better coordination when visibility is reduced due to fog.

The airport has three runways and they are equipped with a landing system that enables the operation of CAT-III B, according to DIAL. “A CAT III B-compliant infrastructure enables aircraft to land with a minimum visual range of 50 meters. At IGI (Indira Gandhi International) airport, an aircraft can take off with a visual range of 125 meters,” it says.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Terminal 3 currently handles 18 flights per hour and Terminal 2 handles nine flights per hour, according to DIAL. “This, combined with other security measures already in place, would provide a safe environment for the flyers,” he added.


The Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed scheduled domestic passenger traffic on May 25 after a break of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

However, airlines were not allowed to operate more than 33 percent of their domestic flights before COVID.

This limit has been gradually raised by the ministry, and airlines are currently allowed a maximum of 80 percent of their domestic flights before COVID.

DIAL will continue to provide 24/7 support to Flyers, particularly through social media, to keep them minimal inconvenience, a statement said. Planned international passenger flights have been suspended in the country since March 23, due to the pandemic.


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