As the visibility level at Delhi airport went below 50 metres on Monday, operations were suspended on the first day of the New Year 2018.
All domestic and global flights from the Delhi airport were put on hold at about 6 am morning and they started taking off a little before 11 am.More news: Activists divided over Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha
Meanwhile, the Air Quality Index (AQI) at Delhi's Shadipur was recorded at 332, Siri Fort at 388 - both falling under the "Hazardous" category. AQI at ITO was recorded at 182 ('unhealthy' category) and Dwarka at 257 ('very unhealthy' category). At the same time, in the low visibility on the Delhi airport, modern technology is available for the landing of aircraft. Save for a couple of global flights, all other flights that were heading North were delayed, they said. Passengers were seen arguing with airlines staff at counters about the lack of clear information and announcements.
Almost all flights arriving into and departing from Delhi were affected. Majority of the flights to New Delhi and other areas were delayed by about three hours from Hyderabad. With 23 flights cancelled, all of which were domestic ones, according to airport an official.No take-offs could take place between 7:30 am and 9:30 am, according to an airport official.
The poor visibility also affected train services.While 21 trains were cancelled, at least 64 trains got delayed and 24 had to be rescheduled due to fog conditions.