Mangaluru: Low visibility due to fog disrupts flight operations at airport


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Manglauru, Feb 15: Flight schedules went for a toss at the Mangaluru International Airport here on the morning of Saturday February 15, as take off and landing activities were adversely affected due to fog.

From 7 am onward, both landing and taking off were suspended.

This posed problems for several flights from different parts of the country and abroad which were to touch down here in the morning. The flight from Dubai was one of them, as it was diverted to Bengaluru.

The sudden turn of events put the passengers in a quandary for sometime.

According to sources, the visibility came down to 100 metres, which adversely affected arrival and departure of flights. Visibility needs to be at least of 800-900 metres for flights to operate, the source said.

Flight operations resumed normally after 10.30 am once the weather cleared, the source said.

Karnataka minister for primary and secondary education Suresh Kumar was among the passengers who were affected by the disruption in flight operations. The minister tweeted that he was scheduled to take a flight from Bengaluru to Mangaluru to participate in some programmes, however, he was forced to wait for one-and-a-half hours inside the flight at Bengaluru airport. He termed it a form of 'imprisonment'.

  

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    There was an incident reported at night 2 or 3 days back with videos going viral, of crpf jawans mercilessly assaulting a young boy at the airport.
    Wish to see some enquiry and reporting of the incident.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    ... morons will again blame this is due to 'tabletop' airport .

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    Passenger of the safety is first ,,
    Boarding the passenegrs into aircraft & maing them sit indiade the sircraft for 1-1/2 hrs this is insane .
    The airport staff & airline staff just want to finsh their duty & rets thye are not bothered of the a passengers ,
    Airlines like Spice jet which is budget airline dont even have curtsy to ask if thye need water to drink with passengers, if you are made to sit inside aircraft for 1 hr

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  • Bhaskar, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    The Low visibility is not just due to fog, but high air pollution (smog) as well. Few notice the increasing air pollution in Mangalore and surrounding areas. Often you can watch the jets taking off from Mangalore Airport and disappearing into the polluted sky during the hot afternoon hours - when there is no fog. Today's AQI ( Air Quality Index is 120 - "Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups".

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    Try to locate Adani ...

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  • Santhosh, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 15 2020

    This is because of Modi govt handing over airport to Adani

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