G20 Summit Causes Flight Disruption in New Delhi

G20 Summit Causes Flight Disruption in New Delhi
Office of the President of the United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It has become clear that the upcoming G20 Summit, which is happening on September 9-10, will cause significant flight disruption in New Delhi, India.

The new summit is expected to be hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with leaders from around the world due to attend.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

G20 Summit: Preparation for Flight Disruption in New Delhi Begins…


G20 Summit Causes Flight Disruption in New Delhi
(Roma – Itália, 30/10/2021) Fotografia Oficial com os Chefes de Delegação do G20..Foto: Alan Santos/PR

Airlines in India are preparing for flight disruption as a result of the upcoming G20 Summit happening in New Delhi.

According to Delhi Airport on Twitter, international flight operations are expected to operate as normal, but it seems to be domestic carriers that will feel the brunt of this.

The country’s two largest carriers, Air India and IndiGo have issued statements over the course of this week regarding ticket waivers.

Air India have said the following on this:

“There will be traffic restrictions in Delhi between 7th and 11th September 2023.”

“As a measure of goodwill, passengers holding confirmed ticket to fly to or from Delhi on these dates are being offered a one-time waiver of applicable charges, if they wish to change their date of travel or their flight.”

“Only the fare difference for the rescheduled flight, if any, would be applicable.”

It’s competitor, IndiGo has said the following:

G20 Summit Causes Flight Disruption in New Delhi
Source: IndiGo via Twitter.

Why Are Flight Operations Being Restricted?


Office of the President of the United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

There could be numerous reasons why flight operations are being restricted out of New Delhi ahead of the G20 Summit in a few days time.

One could be security. With there being 20 of the biggest prime ministers and presidents in the world, restricting flight operations in the form of partial airspace closures to protect them could be a feasible reason.

Another could be down to airport space. World leaders send over their aircraft over to these summits, and are normally accompanied by entourages which would require more than one aircraft.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what the extent of the disruption will look like in New Delhi’s main international airport because of the G20 Summit, and what the customers of airlines will think of this.

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