Smog delays flights, trains in Chandigarh

MOHALI: Smog effect haunted the airlines and railways for a third consecutive day, when 14 trains and six flights arrived late in Chandigarh, while eight flights had delayed departure from the international airport.

On Thursday, the Jan Shatabdi Express running between Una and Delhi, besides the Unchahaar Express running between Lucknow and Chandigarh, reached the city 11 hours behind schedule, reports The Times of India.

The Kalka Mail, Lucknow Express, and Patliputra Express reached more than 5 hours late. An official at the railway station said: “The long-distance trains have been running late for three days. The dense smog over Delhi is to blame.”

Of 6 flights that arrived late, four were from Delhi. “The other two were from Mumbai,” a spokesperson of Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) said.

Bad weather conditions that started with the onset of winter have reduced visibility, which delayed the departure of eight flights from the Chandigarh airport.

Delhi-bound GoAir, Jet Airways, and Vistara flights took off 60 to 98 minutes late. A few other GoAir, Jet Airways, Spice Jet and Indigo flights departed 15 to 42 minutes late.

An officer at the airport said: “As the day progresses, the visibility drops. The flights arriving in the afternoon are the most affected.”

Bad weather is giving hiccups to airline operators in Chandigarh, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to upgrade the local landing strip to CAT ILS (instruments landing system).


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