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Delhi Airport Suspends Flights Until Republic Day

On Friday morning, the government said in a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that no aircraft would be permitted to land at or take off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport between 10:20 am and 12:45 pm until Republic Day or January 26.

According to earlier news agency ANI, airspace restrictions will remain in place until Republic Day and on January 29, when the Marching Retreat event will take place on Delhi’s Vijay Chowk. The source added that Delhi Airport will be closed on Republic Day, meaning no planes can take off or land, from 6 am until 9 pm.

The NOTAM will not harm the Air Force, Army, Border Security Force, and Center-operated aircraft that transport state governors or chief ministers. In preparation for Republic Day celebrations every year, operations at one of the busiest airports worldwide are partially suspended. The capital is placed under surveillance.

Following weeks of severe fog that resulted in hundreds of flight delays, diversions, and cancellations, Delhi Airport will be closed for 145 minutes every day for the next week; this could have an additional impact on commercial schedules. The dramatic attack on an IndiGo aircraft captain by a furious passenger on the Delhi-Goa route, which occurred after an almost 13-hour delay, was the focal point of the chaos, as captured in numerous social media posts.

Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia announced a six-point action plan to counteract fog-related delays to domestic and international commercial flight operations this week. Mr Scindia described new airline SOPs to “mitigate passenger inconvenience” and establish “war rooms” in a post on X.

President Emmanuel Macron of France will be the primary guest for India’s 75th Republic Day celebration next week. This will mark the sixth time a French leader has served as the parade’s honoree.

The use of paragliders and other flying objects is prohibited till February 15 by Delhi Police as part of their security measures for the big day. Hang gliders and microlight aircraft are prohibited items, along with drones, unmanned or remotely piloted aircraft, and hot air balloons. Parachuting, often known as “para jumping,” is not permitted.

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