Muscat: Bad weather has forced an Oman Air flight to divert to Delhi, the airline announced in a tweet.
The flight, heading to Lucknow, was diverted due to fog.
"WY263 MCT-LKO has diverted to Delhi due to bad weather. Consequently, the return sector will be affected by this delay," Oman Air's tweet read.
Near zero visibility due to dense fog is likely in the northern, central and eastern parts of India on Saturday, the weather office has warned. However, some improvement could come with a change in wind direction, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Dense fog in the national capital on Friday led to the diversion of two flights at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Rail services were also affected—eight trains were cancelled, 38 were rescheduled and 80 arrived late in New Delhi, inconveniencing passengers.
The weather office has forecast dense fog in some places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi over the next 24 hours, and in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh over the next 48 hours.
Shallow to moderate fog is expected over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura and Madhya Pradesh over the next three days.
"In the next 24 hours, dense fog over the airport will be there, but intensity will reduce. IGI Airport on Friday remained under dense fog with visibility below 50 metres from 1:30 am to 10:00 am,” said RK Jenamani, director-in-charge of the IGI Airport meteorological unit.
Jenamani said only aircraft equipped to land in visibility of less than 50 m could land, leading to a massive backlog for takeoff and landing.