Fog causes more Gulf flight delays

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A blanket of fog over several Indian cities on Monday morning has caused more flight delays for aircraft travelling from Oman and Saudi, officials said.

Just a day after thousands of passengers faced delays at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports after heavy fog grounded or disrupted flights, Indian authorities said a Jet Airways flight from Dammam to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due to poor visibility on Monday.

Also, an Oman Air flight from Muscat to Lucknow was diverted to Delhi due to foggy conditions in Lucknow. The Oman Air flight landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 5.42am.

According to reports, operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi virtually came to a standstill after visibility dropped due to dense fog, disrupting the schedule of over 50 flights.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, similar conditions are expected on Tuesday.

"We are aware of the fog in north India. We don't have flights operating to north Indian destinations and none of our flights from the region have made any stopovers in Muscat due to the bad weather in north India," Riyaz Kuttery, general manger at Jet Airways in Oman, was quoted as saying by the Times of Oman newspaper.

In the UAE, dozens of incoming flights at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports on Saturday evening and Sunday morning were diverted to neighbouring airports, while outgoing flights faced several hours’ delay.

Many passengers took to social media to express their frustration, and one posted a picture with Edgar Davids, the former Dutch international footballer, who was also stuck at Dubai Airport.

A spokesman for Dubai International Airport told Arabian Business that the airport was back to normal operations by 8pm on Sunday.

In total, 13 incoming flights were diverted as a result of the fog, he said.

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