New Delhi, 15th January 2024: Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter (X) today to address the unprecedented fog that enveloped Delhi, causing visibility challenges between 5 AM and 9 AM. The adverse conditions led to a temporary shutdown of operations, even on CAT III runways, which are not equipped for zero-visibility situations.
Prioritizing passenger safety, authorities made the decision to halt operations temporarily. Minister Scindia emphasized the collective commitment to passenger safety within the aviation ecosystem.
In response to the challenges faced, the following measures have been initiated to address and mitigate future occurrences:
a. Delhi Airport has received directives to expedite the operationalization of the CAT III-enabled 4th runway. This addition to the existing CAT III-enabled runway is subject to approval by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
b. The DGCA will release a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for airlines, focusing on improved communication and facilitation for passengers. The aim is to minimize discomfort caused by flight cancellations and delays due to adverse weather conditions.
Minister Scindia urged travelers to be patient and understanding during this challenging period, assuring that all stakeholders are working tirelessly to minimize passenger inconvenience. He addressed incidents of unruly behavior, deeming them unacceptable and promising strong action in accordance with existing legal provisions.
In closing, Minister Scindia reiterated the dedication of all stakeholders, working around the clock to minimize the impact of fog-related disruptions.