Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services


Flights and ferry services were disrupted for hours across Bangladesh this morning due to dense fog.

The flight operations at the airport were suspended for four and a half hours since 5:50am due to poor runway visibility caused by dense fog, UNB reports quoting Rezaul Karim, public relations officer at Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Several domestic flights, including that of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, could not take off and one flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong airport during the period, Karim said adding that the operation resumed with Chittagong-bound flight of Biman ‘BG011’ leaving the airport around 10:20am.

Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed after eight hours of disruption caused by dense, reports our Munshiganj correspondent quoting Shah Newaz Khaled, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station.

The authorities kept the ferry services suspended on the route from 2:00am to 10:00am, the official said.

Six ferries remained stranded mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers in the cold weather.

Besides, the ferry services were disrupted for seven hours from 3:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog on Paturia-Daulatdia route,” UNB reports quoting Mohiuddin Russell, manager (Commercial) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.

Four ferries got stranded in the middle of the river, said the official, adding that around 500 vehicles, including buses and trucks, were waiting in queues on both sides of the river to cross it.

The ferry services resumed around 10:30am after the fog disappeared, he said.