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Delhi airport braces for G20 Summit, airlines rue last-minute curbs

In order to make room for the G20 Summit flights, the civil aviation ministry last week issued an order to airlines limiting the number of flights between September 8 and 10 at the Delhi airport.

Domestic airlines and city airport officials have been kept on their toes by air traffic limitations in anticipation of the arrival of delegates for the G20 Summit meeting in Delhi next week, with some blaming last-minute instructions for the unnecessary discomfort.

Due to restrictions that extend to roadside traffic because of the high-security event on September 9 and 10, close to 160 domestic flights have been cancelled, according to airlines, and this information has been provided to the Delhi international airport by the airlines.

In order to make room for the G20 Summit flights, the civil aviation ministry last week issued an order to airlines limiting the number of flights between September 8 and 10 at the Delhi airport. Additionally, the Delhi Police announced last week that from September 8 to September 10, there would be disruptions to road access to the airport. For hassle-free travel, the police advised using the Airport Express on the Delhi Metro.

3,497 flights are scheduled to be operated from September 8 to 10 at the Delhi international airport, according to aviation analytics company Cirium.

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Centre Gives Instructions to Arrange Parking for G20 Summit Delegates’ Jets:

The Centre has also given instructions to Hindon Airport, which has not handled any commercial aircraft since January of this year, to be ready in case any VIP jets need to land elsewhere due to a lack of parking spaces at Delhi Airport. The GMR Group-led consortium Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) emphasised that the airport is well equipped with plenty of parking space for aircraft throughout the summit period.

“We are incredibly proud of India’s selection to host the G20 Summit in 2023. There is no connection between recent news about airline disruptions and aircraft parking. We have already made the necessary parking available, it added in a statement.

Additionally, it was stated that airlines may have decided to cancel flights due to traffic limitations brought on by the G20 Summit.

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