Flight operations at Delhi Airport will be temporarily suspended from 10:20 AM to 12:45 PM until January 26.

Posted by Team on: Jan 20, 2024

Due to Republic Day celebrations, airspace restrictions are in place in the national capital from January 19 to 29. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the country's largest airport handling around 1,300 daily flights, has announced a temporary suspension of flight operations during this period for a specific timeframe. 


The airport has specified that no flights will arrive or depart between 10:20 AM and 12:45 PM.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officially communicated that from January 19 to January 26, no flights are allowed to operate at the airport between 10:20 AM and 12:45 PM. Additionally, the landing or take-off of non-scheduled and chartered flights is restricted from 10 AM to 1:15 PM during January 19-25.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued a revised Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), extending the restrictions. Initially applicable to non-scheduled flights with certain exceptions, the updated NOTAM now includes a prohibition on both scheduled airline and chartered non-scheduled flights operating between 10 AM and 1:15 PM from January 19 to 25.


It's crucial to emphasize that the operations of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Border Security Force (BSF), Army aviation helicopters, and state-owned aircraft/helicopters carrying the Governor/Chief Minister of a state remain unaffected by the NOTAM.

Dress rehearsals for Republic Day celebrations are currently in progress in the national capital, prompting the Delhi Police to issue traffic advisories. These advisories outline restrictions on movement at several locations during specific times.


Specifically, Kartavya Path-Rafi Marg Crossing, Kartavya Path-Janpath Crossing, Kartavya Path-Mansingh Road Crossing, and Kartavya Path-C Hexagon are designated areas that will experience traffic restrictions from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM on scheduled days. Commuters are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid any inconvenience during these periods.

In addition to the traffic advisories, the Kartavya Path stretch between India Gate and Vijay Chowk will be closed for traffic. Motorists are encouraged to stay updated on real-time traffic information for a smooth travel experience. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) advises passengers to plan their journeys carefully, considering the possibility of long queues at metro stations during the specified period.


The 75th Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path on January 26 will encompass significant events, including the President's arrival, the unfurling of the national flag, a 21-gun salute, and the participation of French President Emmanuel Macron as the chief guest. 


The festivities will showcase the nation's military strength with displays featuring missiles, tanks, and equipment. Additionally, different states and union territories will contribute to the celebration by presenting vibrant tableaux that reflect their culture, heritage, and thematic elements.