BENGALURU: Dense fog cover over the Kempegowda International Airport led to closure of airport operations from 5 am to 8.25 am on Tuesday. About 78 flights, including four international flights were delayed. Six flights were diverted to other airports; five to Chennai and one to Hyderabad.
The airport’s operations resumed at 8.25 am. However, closure of the airport for over three hours in the morning had a cascading effect on operations.
According to BIAL officials, 51 flights, including four international flights -- British Airways, Air Mauritius, Jet Airways and Indigo -- taking off from the airport were delayed. Departure delays also included three freighter flights -- FedEx, Blue Dart and Singapore cargo.
As many as 27 arrivals, including one international flight and two cargo flights, were also delayed. Six flights were cancelled due to bad weather and six others were diverted, the airport official said.
Meanwhile, BIAL also cancelled its weekly runway maintenance work during which time the runway is closed for one hour to carry out maintenance work every Tuesday afternoon at 12.30 pm. That was being done to ensure that flights are not delayed further, the official added.