August 26, 2023
In anticipation of the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi, a total of 160 domestic flights are set to be cancelled from September 8 to 10 at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10, has prompted airlines to cancel approximately 80 departing and 80 arriving domestic flights, citing potential traffic restrictions resulting from the event.
A spokesperson for the IGI Airport confirmed the cancellations and stated that these decisions were made by the airlines in response to expected disruptions caused by the G20 Summit. Despite the cancellations, the spokesperson emphasized that these 160 flights amount to only a small fraction, representing about six percent of the normal domestic operations at the bustling airport. Notably, international flights remain unaffected by the summit.
Addressing concerns about aircraft parking, the spokesperson clarified that the cancellations are unrelated to parking limitations, reassuring travelers that the Delhi Airport boasts ample parking space to accommodate flights.
Road travels hit
However, passengers are advised to brace for possible travel inconveniences on the roads leading to the Delhi Airport during the summit days. The Delhi Police announced that road travel to the airport will be affected from September 8 to 10 due to security measures and movement restrictions associated with the G20 Summit. To ensure a hassle-free journey, the public is encouraged to utilize the Delhi metro’s Airport Line, which will remain operational.
For those who opt for road travel, the Delhi Police strongly recommend planning their trips with extra time to spare. This strategic advisory aims to minimize disruptions for passengers while facilitating security protocols and smooth event operations.
As part of the G20 Summit preparations, the Delhi Police will deploy specially trained tourist police personnel at 21 key locations throughout the city. These locations include major transportation hubs such as railway stations, airport terminals, and inter-state bus terminals (ISBT), as well as popular markets and iconic landmarks like the Red Fort, Akshardham, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, and Humayun’s Tomb. A fleet of police vehicles equipped with around 400 trained officers will be positioned strategically to ensure the safety and security of both residents and visitors during the event.
With the cancellation of a portion of domestic flights and the implementation of security measures, New Delhi is gearing up to host the G20 Summit while prioritising safety and convenience for all involved parties. Travellers are encouraged to stay informed about the latest developments and adjust their plans accordingly to minimise any potential inconveniences.