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Weather can’t be controlled, but you could be smarter about dealing with the delay.
We are almost at the end of the year, that time when hordes of people are travelling, and their plans go for a toss inevitably due to fog. Last year, on New Year’s Eve, Delhi witnessed more than 270 flight delays and 50 diversions. Flight delays lead to network wide delays, caused due to planes not arriving in time. This causes problems not just for people on those flights, but also everywhere else. Weather can’t be controlled, but you could be smarter about dealing with the delay.
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Airlines usually flying into the fog are supposed to be CAT IIIB ready. It is a navigation system which allows for landings with a minimum visibility of 50 Metres. Delhi, Jaipur and Lucknow are some of the airports which are calibrated for CAT IIIB operations. An airline which has crew certified for low-visibility operations and planes which are CAT IIIB compliant should do well to operate during fog-induced low visibility.
Last but not the least, when you got to fly, you got to fly. If you get stuck in the fog at the airport and have no choice but to wait it out, head to the lounge with one of your many credit cards. But always keep looking at the monitors. The airlines will get a short window to operate the flights when the weather clears up, and even one missing passenger at that point of time would be reason for them not to take off. Don’t be that one passenger. Safe travels in the winters!
Ajay Awtaney is a business travel & aviation journalist based in Mumbai, and the founder of the Indian frequent-traveller website Live From A Lounge (www.livefromalounge.com).
First Published: Dec 21, 2018 10:45 AM IST