The G20 Summit, scheduled to take place in Delhi from September 7 to 10, is expected to impact flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. The Central government has mandated airlines to reduce their flight frequency by 25% during the summit period. This decision stems from limitations in parking space at the Delhi airport. Additionally, the government has appealed to airlines to temporarily move certain aircraft to airports in other cities to accommodate the Summit.
However, airline officials have raised concerns about the potential for disruptions in the nationwide flight network. This raises the possibility of flight cancellations, especially given that Delhi serves as India’s primary airport.
Preparations for the G20 Summit involve the anticipation of more than 50 aircraft landing in Delhi. These planes will be carrying prominent figures such as US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and other notable dignitaries.
According to reports, airlines have requested the cancellation of approximately 160 domestic flights during the three-day period from September 8 to 10. This amounts to a mere 6% of normal domestic operations at the Delhi Airport. International flights are not expected to be affected by the G20 Summit.
Contrary to earlier reports, the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has stated that the airport is fully equipped with ample parking space for aircraft during the summit period. The Ministry of Civil Aviation is expected to release official guidelines in the coming days to address these concerns and coordinate airline operations effectively.
The Delhi Police has advised residents to use the Delhi metro’s Airport Line for smooth and hassle-free movement during the G20 Summit. In case people traveling to the airport choose to travel by road instead of the metro, they are advised to make travel plans with sufficient time in hand.