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Government says it is monitoring Delhi airport fog situation

DELHI: The government has said that it was monitoring the situation and trying to bring some improvement in the system performance after flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport went for a toss due to the heavy fog.

As many as 500 flights, both domestic and international, flying into and out of the IGI Airport have been affected since Sunday, when the city witnessed the worst fog of the season, reports PTI.

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“Really sorry for all the delays and inconvenience caused. We have been continuously monitoring the situation and trying to improve the system performance,” junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Sinha also invited suggestions to improve the system performance.

His remarks came in response to a tweet by Sanjiv Kapoor, the Chief Strategy and Commercial officer of Tata-SIA run Vistara airline, on the “terrible” flight delays at the Delhi airport.

Significantly, both private airport operator and airlines had claimed full preparedness to carry out flight operations on their parts ahead of the fog season.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), general visibility improved to 200 metres at the Delhi airport yesterday as compared to zero metres over the past two days.

On Tuesday, the runway visual range (RVR) was between 800 -1000 metres. This is also an improvement, as the RVR was in the range of 50-100 metres in the last two days.

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