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35 flights diverted as dust storm hits Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thirty-five flights to were diverted to nearby airports and operations remained paralysed for almost an hour this evening as a dust storm, accompanied by strong gusty winds, hit the national capital, the Airports Authority of (AAI) said.

The AAI said the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the managed the diversions and ensured return of the flights safely and in an orderly and expeditious manner.

"Due to inclement weather in Delhi, 35 flights were diverted to nearby airports. Flights could not be operated at @DelhiAirport from to 5:57PM. Our ATC managing diversions & bringing back diverted flights in safe, orderly & expeditious manner. Safe flights our prime aim," it tweeted.

This is the second time this season that such a large number of flights were diverted. On Over 70 flights were diverted after a major storm hit the city on May 14.

On today's diversions, Vistara's in a tweet said that the diverted flights included seven of Air India, five each of and GoAir, three each of and Vistara and one each of Air Arabia, SpiceJet, Air Asia India, Sri Lankan, and Cathay Cargo.

"...Tough day, weather this season has been rough and major airports bursting at their seams," Kapur tweeted.

The AAI, in a second tweet, said that Guru Ram Das Ji International in witnessed a higher flow in air traffic due to the diversions from Delhi.

"...To be well prepared for future, 10 more parking bays are being constructed at the taking the total no. to 24. Sheds also being constructed for travellers," it said.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 22:25 IST