During the September G20 Summit in Delhi, a large number of flights have been canceled at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. Around 160 flights are set to be canceled from September 8 to September 10, corresponding with the summit.
Delhi International Airport Ltd, the operator of IGI Airport in Delhi, has received requests from airlines to cancel 80 incoming and 80 outgoing domestic flights due to the upcoming G20 Summit. It is also important to note that international flights will not be affected by this. DIAL clarified that the reason behind the flight cancellations were not because of constraints in the parking space for aircraft.
“DIAL expressed its pride in India’s role as the host of the G20 Summit 2023”, in an official statement.The reported flight cancellations were clarified as DIAL had already arranged the necessary parking space. Airline decisions on flight cancellations were influenced by the traffic restrictions due to the G20 Summit. DIAL accepted the potential impact on arrivals and departures of around 80 aircrafts and pledged to collaborate with airlines to avoid the inconvenience for the passengers.
The national capital is preparing for the 18th Heads of State and Government Summit of the G20, all units of the Delhi police are vigorously arranging complete security measures. Followed by the summit, central government offices in the national capital will remain closed from September 8 to 10. The SC of India will also observe a closure on September 8, considering the closeness of the newly inaugurated ITPO complex at Pragati Maidan, the summit’s venue. Public holidays will be observed in the national capital from September 8 to 10, accompanied by the closure of banks, financial institutions, and commercial establishments in the New Delhi district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the citizens of Delhi to contribute to the success of the upcoming G20 Summit, despite potential inconveniences caused due to the presence of various global leaders in the upcoming days. He asked for forgiveness from the public in advance for any inconvenience that can be caused during the preparations for the G20 Summit. He said that, In-between September 5 and September 15, there will be a period of significant disruptions, and extended an advance apologies for that. During this time, “the high-profile guests will be present, which would affect the traffic regulations. While certain restrictions on movement to specific areas will be in place, it’s important to understand that these measures are very much essential,” remarked the Prime Minister.