Passengers stranded at Lahore Airport as smog delays flights

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Dec, 2020. 11:32 am

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Allama Iqbal International Airport as domestic and international flights were cancelled and delayed due to immense fog in the city.

According to the details, Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said that two flights incoming Lahore from Karachi and Bahrain were cancelled.

The Spokesperson said that three other flights leaving for Bahrain, Karachi and Sharjah were also cancelled due to low visibility as the dense fog engulfed Lahore.

Whereas, a Turkish Airway flight leaving for Istanbul has been delayed. Long queues of passengers were reported at the boarding and immigration counters.

It may be recalled that Lahore was again ranked the most polluted city in the world.

US Air Quality Index, in its data revealed that Lahore reported a particulate matter (PM) rating of 423, however, Lahore is not the only city of Pakistan to feature in the top 10 list for the worst air quality as Karachi ranked on the AQI at the 7th position. After Lahore, the second most polluted Pakistani city was Faisalabad.

India’s New Delhi was at the second spot with 229 PM, while Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital ranked the third-worst city on the AQI with 178 pm.

If the AQI is under 50 then the United States Environmental Protection Agency regards air quality as satisfactory. However, the AQI of Lahore fell in the range of 301 or higher.

The provincial disaster management authority in Punjab has to date sealed 613 brick kilns, 2,148 industries and impounded 8,579 vehicles in order to reduce smog.

It should be mentioned here that an AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”. An AQI over 300 is categorized as “hazardous” and needs an emergency response.

However, the US Embassy, which also monitors air quality in Pakistan’s major cities, placed Lahore’s AQI as high as 623.


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