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19 flights diverted and over 60 delayed as heavy rains lash Delhi NCR; airlines issue advisory

19 flights diverted and over 60 delayed as heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR; airlines issue advisory

By CNBCTV18.com May 23, 2022 3:09:14 PM IST (Updated)

Heavy rainfall lashed parts of Delhi NCR on Monday. Flights operations at Delhi airport were affected due to bad weather. To avoid any inconvenience, several airlines such as SpiceJet, Vistara and Indigo requested passengers to check their flight status.

Flight operations at Delhi airport were affected as heavy rainfall lashed the national capital early Monday. As many as 19 flights were diverted to alternate airports due to bad weather in Delhi. "More than 60 arriving and departing flights have been delayed due to bad weather in Delhi. Flights have been diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Amritsar," sources said.

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Several airlines such as SpiceJet, IndiGo and Vistara have asked travellers to check their flight status to avoid any inconvenience. Even the Delhi Airport has asked passengers to get in touch with their respective airlines.
"Due to bad weather, flight operations at Delhi Airport are affected. Passengers are requested to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information," the Delhi airport said in a tweet.

SpiceJet also warned and requested passengers to check their flight status. "Due to bad weather in Delhi (DEL), all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights may get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status via bit.ly/2tG9xBx," it tweeted.

Indigo also issued an advisory and said, "It's pouring in Delhi. Flight departures and arrivals are getting impacted. Keep enough travel time in hand while traveling to the airport. To check your flight status https://bit.ly/2ThVfU6. For assistance DM us on Twitter/Facebook."

"Due to Bad Weather (Strong Winds) in Delhi Arrivals/Departures are likely to get impacted. Please visit http://bit.ly/3s8aJKb or SMS UK<Flight no.> to 9289228888 to check the updated flight status. Thank You," Vistara said.

Air India also tweeted, "Due to inclement weather in Delhi, flights are getting diverted & delayed. Traffic congestion on roads is also likely. Passengers are requested to keep sufficient time in hand to report for flights."

In a major respite from intense heatwaves, Delhi and adjoining areas witnessed heavy rainfall today. Strong winds and showers lashed several parts of the national capital. Trees were uprooted in Dhaula Kuan and Delhi cantonment area, blocking roads in the region.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) tweeted, "Thundershower with moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 60-90 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi and NCR."

On Saturday, Delhiites woke up to a cloudy morning with the minimum temperature settling at 29 degrees Celsius. The weather department had said that pre-monsoon rain may get slightly intense in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), and continue till May 24.
The weather officer has also issued a yellow alert -- 'watch' the weather and calls for administrators to 'be updated' -- for May 23 and May 24.
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