5 flights cancelled, 10 delayed as intense fog grips Punjab

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

18th Dec, 2019. 11:09 am
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Five flights were cancelled and 10 delayed due to intense fog engulfing plain areas across the province of Punjab here on Wednesday.

The canceled flights include Lahore-Oslo flight (PK-751), Abu Dhabi-Lahore flight (PK-264) and Lahore-Karachi (PK-307).

Moreover, Lahore-Riyadh (PK-755), Lahore-Karachi (PK-303), Lahore-Jeddha (PK-Pk-859) and Jeddah-Lahore (PK-860) flights were delayed.

The Motorway remained closed from Lahore to Kot Momin. Moreover, it was also closed at Multan, Khanewal, Gojra and from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad.

Motorway-III has also been closed from Lahore Summundari.

On the other hand, traffic was also affected by fog on highways.

Yesterday, the flight schedule of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) at Allama Iqbal International Airport remained affected due to heavy fog in adjoining areas of the airport, BOL News reported.

According to a PIA spokesman, the flight schedule was affected due to intense fog and the domestic flights schedule was affected due to low visibility.

The flight scheduled to land at the Lahore airport from Damam was diverted to the Islamabad airport.

Lahore to Islamabad bound flight PK-8385 and Karachi bound flights PK-316 and PK-313 from Lahore were cancelled due to dense fog.

The spokesman asked the passengers to register their numbers with the authorities in ticket booking section so that they could be informed regarding any delays.

Earlier, the flight schedule of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) at Jinnah International Airport remained affected due to heavy fog in parts of the country specially in the province of Punjab.

The affected flights included PK-302 and PK-303 delayed by around five and four hours respectively.

A Islamabad-bound flight from Karachi, PK-368, faced a delay by two and a half hours while a one and a half hour delay is faced by a Lahore-bound flight from the airport, PK-304.

Intense fog has engulfed different cities of Punjab including Lahore, Okara and Sahiwal on early hours of Sunday.

It was also reported that cold and dry weather is likely to persist in most parts of the country for the next 24 hours, said Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

In a statement, the Met Office said that thick fog is likely to exist in most plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning and night hours.

The weather department said that frost is also likely to form in Potwar region and most districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During the last 24 hours, weather remained frigid in most parts of the country while extreme in upper areas.

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