Flights scheduled for departure from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were delayed between 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Thursday, 3 January, due to dense fog enveloping the city.
Passengers at the airport were stranded for nearly two hours. Though the departure is said to have resumed at 9:30, the operations for the entire day have been affected with many stranded at the airport and on flight as well.
Travelers took to Twitter to share their inconvenience. While some had been stuck in flight for more than 2 hours, others encountered irregular flight schedules. Some angry passengers demanded answers from the airlines, Delhi airport authorities and even the PMO.
Many airlines have issued separate guidelines and advisories including IndiGo, Jet Airways, Vistara and SpiceJet. Some of them are also replying to passengers individually on Twitter.
CAT3 etc notwithstanding, stuck in d aircraft for last 3 Hrs at Delhi airport with absolutely no info. ATC too unable to tell when d flight wl get clearance. Fog in Delhi can cripple air movement at 12 noon. No technology can conquer nature ??— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) January 3, 2019
Worst airlines after boarding at 7:30am in the morning, flight took off at 10:00am and landed Delhi at 12:20pm and still in flight at 1:10pm and visibility and no clue about getting a gate for parking ... Entire day wasted...flight no #9w333 #jetairways stop flying— amit vora (@amsvora) January 3, 2019
@IndiGo6E disgusting waiting in aircraft for 4 hours Delhi airport with no information on when will the flight take off. weather is clear but they still claim bad weather. Flight 6E 2013— Shanu Saksena (@Kakatuatalks) January 3, 2019
@airindiain: PNR:Y5FZW— vikas singh (@vikas6782000) January 3, 2019
First flight postponed from 20.40 to 22.30, so now I will arriving at Delhi airport at 11.55 instead of 10.05. I have connecting flight to Bangalore at 13.30 on same itinerary. Is it enough layover to catch connection as 1st is international flight?
Although the departure of flight resumed later in the day, this episode may offer a lesson to airlines for better management next time.
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