Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 2:
Dense flog disrupted flight movements at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Odisha capital leading to diversion of a flight today.
“Since last three days, the visibility at the airport here is very low. Landing of aircrafts at BPIA is getting delayed as visibility at BPIA was around 50 metres (minimum level required for landing in low visibility conditions) in the morning which later improved to 100 metres. The approach necessary for landing is 750 metres. Around two-three aircrafts could not land this morning and hovered in the sky for quite a while. A New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Go Air flight was diverted to Kolkata. Air India flights have landed and the visibility is improving gradually following which the flight services would resume as normal,” BPIA Director, Sharad Kumar informed.
According to airport sources, a Go Air flight from New Delhi was unable to land due to low visibility following which it was diverted to Kolkata. Similarly, two other Air India flights were delayed due to thick envelop of fog in the Bhubaneswar sky.
This phenomenon occurs for three-four days in a year. The sky gets clear usually after 8 am after which the flight services resume as usual, Kumar added.
As per local MeT office, coastal areas of the state, along with Dhenkanal, Angul and Jajpur, are likely to experience dense fog for another three days.