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Dust storm brings operations at IGI to standstill

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A dust storm with speed exceeding 100 kmph brought operations at the to a halt during the evening rush hours, with close to 70 flights being diverted to other places.

The operations at the airport had to be shut down for close to two and half hours, sources at Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the airport said, adding that the magnitude of the disruptions in traffic was more than what was anticipated.

"The situation is slightly unique, the disruptions are mostly on account of shear... the number of diversions are now touching 70," the sources said.

The air traffic operations began to normalise by 9 pm and the backlogs were clearing fast, they said.

shear refer to a rapid change in winds over a short horizontal distance experienced by aircraft, conditions that can cause a rapid change in lift, and thus the altitude, of the aircraft.

According to an airport official, the wide-spread disruptions can also be attributed to the time of the storm which hit the airport during the rush hours and continued for over two hours.

As the disruptions worsened, various airlines took to the announcing the delays, with Vistara saying that operations of its would normalise by 2 am. It announced the cancellations of one its flight from Bhubaneswar which was diverted to

The diverted flights were mostly directed towards Jaipur, and which several others went back to their originating points.

International flights from Kathmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said. Reports said some 10 international flights were diverted to after the ATC at the refused permission to land.

An of an said that given the magnitude of the diversion, it would take close to 24 hours for them to normalise operations while sources at the airport said the exact number of diversions and cancellations would become clear by tomorrow morning.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 23:35 IST