The September G20 Summit might lead to disruption in the schedules of more than 1,000 flights at Delhi airport.

In preparation for the upcoming G20 summit scheduled to take place in September in Delhi, a series of significant measures and adjustments have been announced. According to a report by the Economic Times, the national capital is bracing for major disruptions in both its air traffic and vehicular movement. With over a thousand flights expected to either be canceled or rescheduled, the Central government has directed airlines to reduce their flight frequency by a quarter during the summit period. This directive is in response to parking constraints at the Delhi airport.

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The government has also advised airlines to relocate some of their aircraft to airports in other cities to alleviate congestion during the summit. Notably, Delhi will be hosting the G20 summit from the 9th of September. However, these changes have prompted concerns from airline executives who fear the potential for widespread network repercussions and a rise in flight cancellations, given that Delhi serves as India’s primary airport.

In the context of the G20 summit’s arrangements, more than 50 aircraft are expected to land in Delhi, carrying world leaders such as US President Joe Biden, UK PM Rishi Sunak, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Delhi’s airport parking situation has further exacerbated the challenges posed by the summit. The largest airport in India houses around 220 parking stands, all of which are currently occupied due to an increase in air traffic. Recent engine issues and the bankruptcy of GoFirst have contributed to this congestion.

According to the report from Economic Times, flight operations at Delhi airport will be curtailed from 12 pm to 12 am on September 8, and from 6 pm on September 10 until 12 pm the next day (September 9). These hours have been identified as crucial for the movement of G20 delegates.

In anticipation of the G20 summit rehearsals on August 26 and 27, the Delhi Traffic Police have already issued a travel advisory. During the summit, unauthorised access to Lutyens’ Delhi will be restricted for three days. There will be a range of restrictions on vehicular traffic movement between September 8 and September 10 in New Delhi district and areas around Rajghat. The advisory recommends maximizing the use of metro services due to the regulated traffic movement.

The New Delhi district will be designated as “Controlled Zone-I” from 5 am on September 8 to 11.59 pm on September 10, while the area inside Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Marg) will be marked as a “Regulated Zone” during the same period.

Metro rail services will operate at all stations except the Supreme Court Metro Station, where boarding and deboarding will be prohibited from 5 am on September 9 to 11 pm on September 10. Autorickshaws and taxis will not be permitted to enter the New Delhi district on September 9 and September 10.

The main event of the G20 summit is scheduled for September 9-10 in New Delhi and is expected to be attended by 29 heads of state, as well as high-ranking officials from the European Union, invited guest countries, and 14 heads of international organizations.

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