Dense fog forces Bhutan PM’s flight back to Kolkata

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Siliguri, Jan 9 (IANS) Poor visibility caused by dense fog at the Bagdogra airport on Saturday forced Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to cancel his journey back to his country, officials said.

Scheduled to catch a Druk Air flight from Bagdogra airport back to his country, Tobgay who was on four day visit to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, had to return to the state capital after his flight from Kolkata failed to land here due to poor visibility.

With as many as 11 flights cancelled, union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, who was slated to visit Siliguri, also had to drop his travel plans.

According to terminal manager (Bagdogra airport) Barun Kumar Das, 11 of the 12 scheduled flights had to be cancelled due to poor visibility. The only flight to take off was a Druk Air flight to Bangkok via Paro in Bhutan.

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The dense fog also disrupted train movement with many long distance trains including the Teesta Torsa Express delayed by several hours.

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