New Delhi, December 2: Adverse weather conditions led to the diversion of 18 flights at the Delhi airport on Saturday, as confirmed by official sources.
According to information, these flights were rerouted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Amritsar due to adverse weather conditions.
At approximately 0810 hours, the Delhi airport's statement on the micro-blogging platform X indicated the implementation of low visibility procedures. The airport's announcement highlighted the ongoing measures being undertaken to manage the reduced visibility conditions.
As a result of the adverse weather situation, the operations at the Delhi airport faced disruptions, compelling the diversion of several flights to alternate airports in nearby cities, as confirmed by the official statement and airport's social media update.
SpiceJet Airlines issued an alert through X, stating, "Weather Advisory: Unfavorable weather conditions in Delhi (DEL) may impact all incoming and outgoing flights, causing disruptions. Passengers are advised to monitor their flight status using the link http://bit.ly/2tG9xBx."
Vistara Airlines had to divert two of its flights on Saturday because of poor visibility conditions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, as confirmed by a spokesperson for the company. Flight UK906 traveling from Ahmedabad to Delhi had to return to Ahmedabad, while Flight UK954 from Mumbai to Delhi was redirected to Jaipur.
The flight diversions were prompted by the challenging weather conditions that caused significantly reduced visibility throughout the national capital. On Saturday, Delhi's air quality displayed a slight improvement, transitioning from the 'severe' category to the 'very poor' category, registering an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 368.