Delay in Flight Services Due to Foggy Condition

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued instruction to all schedule domestic airlines to operate only Cat-III aircraft along with CAT III trained flight crew as per visibility condition/RVR (Runway Visual Range) during fog hours. To avoid delays and cancellation during low visibility, following decisions have been taken by DGCA for compliance by airlines. - All airlines will have to ensure that aircraft deployed to/from Delhi during low visibility conditions are CAT-III compliant and both the commander and co-pilot are also CAT-III trained. - Only CAT-III flight crew will operate the flights to/from Delhi in case weather predictions of CAT-III conditions are made by India Meteorological Department (IMD). Failing to do so, such operations of the defaulting airline will be stopped to/from Delhi during low visibility conditions. - Airlines must take adequate care of providing basic amenities of water and refreshment to passengers during such conditions if the flights are delayed. - All stakeholders should have better communication procedure so that level of intrection with passengers increases during the fog and they are aware of flihgt delays. - One representative each from DGCA and IMD will be positioned at Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) who will interact with airlines, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and DIAL. DIAL will organize conference on daily basis wherein fog forecast for the day and next day will be provided by IMD. This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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