A government said in a notice on Friday morning that no flights are allowed to land at Delhi airport from 10:20 am to 12:45 pm till Republic Day. Earlier, one news agency said that airspace restrictions would be in effect till 26 January, Republic Day and again on 29 January, when the beating retreat ceremony will be held in Vijay Chowk in Delhi. The report also said that Delhi airport will shut, and no flights set to take off or land from 6 am to 9 pm on 26 January.
Flights at Delhi Airport are temporarily disabled.
The NOTAM will not have an effect on flight operations of the Air Force, Army, or Border Security Force, or aircraft operated by the centre which might be ferrying the Governor or Chief Minister of a country.
The partial shutdown of flights at one of the busiest airports in the world is an annual feature as the capital is placed under a protection system earlier than the Republic Day celebrations. The 145-minute closure of Delhi airport day by day for the next week ought to, in addition, affect business schedules, after weeks of heavy fog brought about delays, diversions, and/or cancellations of hundreds of flights. Visuals of the chaos had been extensively shared online, and the flashpoint was the surprising attack of an IndiGo flight captain using an irate flier at the Delhi-Goa flight service after a put-off of almost 13 hours.
The Aviation Minister follows a six-day plan.
Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia this week introduced a six-point plan to combat fog-triggered disruptions to domestic and worldwide commercial flight flights. In a post on X, Mr Scindia outlined new SFlights for airlines to “mitigate passenger inconvenience” and set up ‘war rooms’. India will rejoice its 75th Republic Day next week with France President Emmanuel Macron as the leader visitor; this may be the 6th time a French leader may be as chief guest.
As part of the security system for the huge day, Delhi Police has banned using paragliders and other flying objects until 15 February. The list of banned objects includes hold gliders and microlight planes, in addition to remotely piloted aircraft drones and hot air balloons.
Banned on Adventure activities
Para leaping, or parachuting, has additionally been banned. Delhi Police’s East District division held a ridicule anti-terror drill at the Akshardham Temple. The workout is designed to evaluate the pressure’s readiness to reply to various disaster conditions. The Airports Authority of India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) outlining regulations from 6 am to 9 pm on January 26 and 29, with a complete flight halt.
However, the NOTAM will no longer affect operations of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Border Security Force (BSF), Army aviation helicopters, and country-owned aircraft/helicopters flying with the Governor/Chief Minister of a country, officials clarified.
The 75th Republic Day celebrations on 26 January 2024 will function French President Emmanuel Macron as the honoured guest, marking the 6th instance of a French chief participating in Republic Day festivities.