On Sunday, around 27 flights were diverted from Indira Gandhi International Airport, all thanks to the bad weather in Delhi. The incoming flights at IGI Airport were forced to get diverted to the nearby areas such as Lucknow, Jaipur and other such areas.
Not only that, even Prime Ministers’ flight was diverted to Jaipur while he was returning to national capital after addressing a public meeting in Devangere, Karnataka. His aircraft had to stop for around 2 hours at the Jaipur airport. On Sunday evening, rain and dust storm had taken a heavy toll in the capital. At around 9 pm, rains also hit the capital and dust storm was blowing at a speed of 92 km per hour. According to the Met department, it first hit the Palam area after which it also hit Safdarjung at a speed of 52 km per hour.
According to Air India officials, “Some 27 flights have to be diverted to other airports due to bad weather. Out of the 27 flights diverted, six were of Air India.”
On May 23 also, around 20 flights were diverted and a lot of them got delayed because of the adverse weather conditions. On that day also, rain and storm had hit the capital.
As of now airlines have requested the civil aviation ministry regarding the weather updates well in advance so that such incidences could be avoided in the future. They want them to put a mechanism which will help them in providing weather updates. On May 23, around 24 flights were diverted due to adverse weather conditions. As getting an update in advance can help them schedule the flights without causing disruptions to the people and also to the authorities.
After that, several meetings were conducted and a host of issues were discussed, especially the weather conditions. As the weather became better, Prime Ministers’ plane took off for Delhi.