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January 8, 2015

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Thick fog blankets twin cities

Islamabad
Thick fog blanketed the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad disturbing vehicular movement on roads besides causing inordinate delay in arrival and departure of national as well as international flights on Wednesday.
The schedule of domestic and international flights at Benazir Bhutto International Airport as well as trains and buses was also affected because of low visibility and people faced lots of difficulties in this regard. The low visibility on Wednesday affected 15 domestic and 17 international flights in which some flights were even cancelled.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Official Spokesman Mubarak Shah told ‘The News’ that schedule of several national and international flights have been disturbed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport due to thick fog and passengers faced lots of problems. “In the state of helplessness, we even cancelled some domestic flights,” he added.
According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Flight Inquiry, 15 domestic flights including PK-650, PK-608, PK-658, MPK-401, PK-352, PK-607, I-402, NL-151, PK-363, PK-3652, PK-649, PK-453, PK-660, PK-301, PA-201, NL-122 and PK-655 were disturbed.
While 17 international flights included EY-231, PK-792, KU-205, PK-218, PK-702, PA-231, EK-612 and PK-1856, QR-615, EK-615, PA-270, KU-206, NL-717, PK-1855, PK-785, EK-613 and PK-211 were delayed.
“Many morning flights were rescheduled after some improvement in visibility in afternoon,” an airport official said.
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Director Dr Muhammad Hanif said that there was only 10 to 20 meter visibility level in morning on Wednesday. Fog would continue tomorrow (Thursday) as well,” he warned.

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