Sunday, August 27, 2023

Delhi Airport: Schedule Of Over 1,000 Flights Likely To Get Disrupted In September Due To G20 Summit

G20 Summit: Delhi is all set to host one of the high-profile international summits, G20 Summit, from September 9. The two-day event will be attended by top world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak. To make the Summit a grand success, free from any error, the Central government has been taking a slew of measures. According to an Economic Times report, more than thousands of flights may either get cancelled or rescheduled owning to the summit in the national capital.

However, DIAL has issued a statement (after this report was filled) clarifying that the Delhi Airport had received requests for cancellation of approximately 80 departing and 80 arriving domestic flights over 3 days, which is a mere 6% of the normal domestic operations at Delhi Airport.

The Central government has instructed airlines to curtail frequency by a fourth throughout the G20 Summit scheduled to take place in September in the city. The report further added that the order has come due to the parking constraints at the Delhi airport. Additionally, the government has asked the airlines to reposition some of their aircraft to other cities’ airports in view of the Summit.

Meanwhile, the airline executives have warned of countrywide network repercussions, leading to flight cancellations as Delhi is India’s primary airport.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has around 220 parking stands and due to a surge in air traffic, all are occupied. According to ET’s report, flights will have to be reduced at Delhi airport from 12 pm to 12 am on 8 September, and from 6 pm on 10 September until 12 pm the next day (9 Sept.) as most of the G20 delegates will fly in and out during these hours.

Delhi traffic police have released a traffic advisory in view of G20 Summit rehearsals that are being held in the national capital on Saturday and Sunday (August 26-27) from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

26/08/2023  Victor Dasgupta/

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