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Smog, fog in Lahore causes flights disruption, motorways closure
- Web Desk
- Dec 18, 2023
LAHORE: On Monday, commuters had to face a challenging task as air travel as well as road travel was disrupted due to due to smog and fog engulfing Lahore and its surrounding areas.
A number of flights at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport experienced disruptions attributed to thick fog and other unspecified reasons, causing inconvenience for travelers.
Among the affected flights were three operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), notably PK-303 to Karachi, which departed after a substantial six-hour delay.
The return flight from Karachi to Lahore, PK-304, also faced delays, touching down at the airport five hours behind schedule. Additionally, a Malaysian Air flight from Kuala Lumpur bound for Lahore was subject to a delay.
Fog situation in motorway today
Simultaneously, several sections of motorways and highways in Punjab were temporarily closed due to prevailing smog and fog conditions. Closures included the Lahore-Islamabad motorway, the Faizpur to Darkhana segment of M-3, and the Sher Shah to Shamkot stretch of M-4. In response to these closures, motorway authorities urged drivers to refrain from unnecessary travel to ensure safety on the roadways.
Motorway police has advised motorists in north zone to contact on 051-9278808 before travelling.
Lahore, ranking fourth in the air quality index with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 205, witnessed a significant improvement in air quality. This positive shift followed the implementation of artificial rain, a groundbreaking measure deployed for the first time in the city to combat smog.
As concerns regarding air quality persist, such interventions underscore the ongoing efforts to address environmental challenges and enhance the overall well-being of the city’s residents.