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New Year begins on foggy note; 300 flights, 100 trains affected

02 January 2018

Delhi recorded its lowest minimum temperature of the season on Monday with 5.7°C.

While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven worldwide flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog. This happened due to a rapid build up of particulate matter owing to foggy conditions, even as Delhiites stepped out in large numbers to mark the first day of the New Year.

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The airline is also allowing passengers to change or cancel their flight bookings without any penalty. 20 other trains were rescheduled while 15 more were cancelled. All flights to and from the national capital are on standby and no operations are active as of now due to low visibility, news agency ANI reported.

Departures require visibility of at least 125 metres, while planes can land when visibility is below 50 metres if pilots are trained in the use of CAT IIIB.

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The day's average air quality index (AQI) was at 400, classified as "very poor" by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said. The heavy blanket of fog engulfed the national capital region on the New Year morning.

The Ministry of Railways on November 29 announced a detailed plan for cancellation and frequency reduction of trains traversing through fog affected areas in order to manage the train operations. While no departure from the airport took place during this five hour period, the arrivals also were affected due to visibility issues.

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New Year begins on foggy note; 300 flights, 100 trains affected