Pune Airport Witnesses Low Visibility At Early Hours; Two Flights Rerouted, Others Faced Delay 

There were difficult visibility conditions at Pune airport in the early morning, which led to the rerouting of two aircraft

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Pune Airport Witnesses Low Visibility At Early Hours; Two Flights Rerouted, Others Faced Delay 

Low visibility conditions are common during the winter season, thanks to fog all around. A few days ago, Delhi airport faced this issue, and that led to delays in departure and arrival as well. Today, there were difficult visibility conditions at Pune airport in the early morning, which led to the rerouting of two aircraft and further delays for multiple others.

Pune Airport Witnesses Low Visibility

An IndiGo flight from Delhi that was supposed to arrive in Pune at 8 am had to be rerouted to Mumbai. Similar to this, the airline said on X earlier on Friday that a Vistara flight from Delhi to Pune was rerouted to Mumbai. 

Early in the morning, sources reported a significant drop in visibility to about 50 metres, which affected the effectiveness of both arriving and departing aircraft. There are currently five or so delayed arrivals, mostly from Delhi, which is impacting a significant number of business passengers. In addition, there are currently eight delays on departures from Pune to other places.

It makes sense that people are frustrated as a result of the delays. The airline admitted the delay in response to a specific complaint about a delayed IndiGo flight from Pune to Bengaluru, on which passengers were allegedly forced to wait inside the aircraft for more than an hour. The airline ascribed the inconvenience to Pune’s unfavourable weather.

Weather Related Delays Are Unavoidable

The airline noted that weather-related delays are unavoidable and not deliberate, despite the inconvenience they may have caused. Understanding the inherent difficulties brought on by bad weather and how it affects the efficient conduct of flight operations is vital.

This fog is the result of a high moisture influx from the Bay of Bengal that was delivered onshore by Cyclone Minimum Temperature, which is expected to be above normal for the next three days, according to Vineet Kumar, a research scientist who studies the relationship between oceans and cyclones and changes in cyclone activity worldwide.

Additionally, he stated that on Friday morning, Pune Airport had the greatest fog of any airport in the nation. (As per Free Press Journal)

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Flights To Delhi Rerouted Some Days Ago

About six days ago, poor visibility and weather caused over fifteen flights headed for Delhi to be rerouted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, and Amritsar.  Sources from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport claim that the flights were diverted between seven and ten in the morning. The national capital was shrouded in shallow fog in the morning, with the lowest temperature falling to 12.3 degrees Celsius—three degrees below average.

Visual flight rules (VFR) are a collection of guidelines that govern how an aircraft is operated by a pilot in weather that is usually clear enough for the operator to see where the aircraft is heading. 

In particular, as stated in the regulations of the applicable aviation authority, the weather must be better than the basic VFR weather minimum, or in visual meteorological conditions (VMC). In order to fly the aircraft, the pilot must be able to see the ground and avoid obstacles and other aircraft with their eyes.  

Pilots must utilise instrument flight rules and rely mostly on instrument readings rather than visual reference when the weather is less than visual minimum consistency (VMC).

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Have you ever experienced this situation while flying to or from somewhere?

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