Srinagar, Dec 7:
For the second consecutive day, fog and poor visibility led to the cancellation
of all 24-flights at Srinagar International Airport on Saturday.
“There were 24
flights scheduled for the day. The poor visibility prevented all aircrafts from
either landing or taking off,” Director Airport Authority of India, Srinagar,
Santosh Dhoke told The Kashmir Monitor.
On Friday, foggy
weather conditions had obstructed 11 flights from taking off while 14 flights
operated normally during the day.
An official at
Airport Authority of India said poor visibility often leads to disruption of
air traffic because Srinagar Airport lacks upgraded landing and lighting system
Dense fog along
with the cold wave conditions prompted people to stay indoors in the valley. In
Srinagar, low visibility disrupted traffic movement on roads in the morning.
Vehicles were seen plying with headlights on. As day progressed, visibility
“I drove from home in Natipora with extreme
caution as the visibility was very low in the morning. Even though my car
headlights were on all the while, I struggled to find the way,” said Wasim
Ahmad, a student at University of Kashmir.
Metrological Department, Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said foggy conditions will
persist on Sunday as well.
chances of fog in the morning on Sunday at low lying areas near Srinagar
Airport. Weather conditions are likely to improve in the afternoon,” he said.
Lotus said that
mercury will plummet in the coming days due to fog in the valley. “Another
spell of snow and rains from December 10 to 13 is expected across the region,”