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One runway closed for 3 days at Delhi Airport, as smog causes long delays

According to officials of the India Meteorological Department, runway visibility between 7am and 8am was less than 200 metres and improved around 11am

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi airport. Photo: Shutterstock
Delhi airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Dense smog hampered at the airport this morning, affecting flight operations and leading to delays by up to two hours as only one of the three could be used.

Sources at the said that due to low on the shorter runway 9/27, they could only use runway 10/28 in the morning.


The third runway 11/29 is shut from today for three days for

The official added that the second runway was opened after improved.

According to officials of the India Meteorological Department, runway between 7am and 8am was less than 200 metres and improved around 11am.

"Due to air traffic congestion in Delhi, departure delays up to 90 minutes are expected at airport till 1500 hrs," said in a tweet.

"Flights to and from may get delayed by up to 2 hrs due (to) runway closure for maintenance," Vistara tweeted.

The smog has added to the woes of people flying in and out of as the airport is operating at 70 per cent of its capacity because of work on one of its

The airport will be handling 800 flights per hour instead of 1,100 as were told to curtail operations for three days. This means passengers will have fewer flight options to book as well as an increase in demand from

First Published: Tue, November 07 2017. 16:45 IST
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