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Published on 18 Mar. 2009 1:26 AM IST
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Air route to Guwahati has been practically cut of during the past few days as flights were disrupted due to dust storm covering the city, reports TNN. Traffic was disrupted since Sunday as the city got wrapped in a cover of thick layer of dust following a dust storm. Officials said Guwahati-bound Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Indigo flights could not land at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar because of the dusty weather and poor visibility, which was between 1,200 to 1,500 metre. According to airport sources, the situation worsened because the Instrumental Landing System (ILS) did not function as it was shifted to a new location of the airfield for an ongoing construction work. “The system was expected to become functional from March 26,” a source said. Jet Airways cancelled all ten lights from Guwahati because of low visibility. Similarly, eight Kingfisher flights between Guwahati, Silchar, Lilabari (Lakhimpur), Jorhat, Agartala and Kolkata were cancelled. Air India sources said IC229 Kolkata-Guwahati and IC879 Delhi-Guwahati could not land here due to poor visibility. Jetlite’s S2311 Delhi-Guwahati-Dibrugarh and S2363 Kolkata-Guwahati-Imphal flights were also cancelled On Sunday, several flights had to be cancelled and some were diverted due to poor visibility caused by the dust storm. On March 6, a similar dust storm had thrown air traffic over Guwahati out of gear, leading to several flights being cancelled or rescheduled. H G Pathak, director of the Borjhar-based Regional Meteorological Center, said the dusty haze and cloudy weather had reduced the visibility.

 
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