DALLAS — The upcoming G20 summit, which brings together leaders from the 20 most influential nations to engage in discussions on current economic and geopolitical matters, is scheduled to be held in New Delhi, the capital of India, in 2023.
This event is expected to cause disruptions in commercial aviation, resulting in the cancellation of over 150 flights in the country.
The aviation industry in India, currently the third-largest single civil aviation market, is anticipated to experience widespread operational disruptions, including flight delays and cancellations, particularly at Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL) in New Delhi. This is due to the airport serving as the designated arrival and parking facility for all the presidential aircraft during the G20 summit.
Multiple local media outlets report that the Government of India has issued instructions to airlines to reduce flight frequencies by 25% to create a less congested and safer environment for the arrival of world leaders. As a result, it is estimated that more than 1,000 flights will either be rescheduled or canceled.
Logistic Issues at New Delhi Airport
India is hosting the G20 summit for the first time, and preparations at DEL are currently in their final stages. The summit is scheduled to take place on September 9 and 10, in the near future.
Indira Gandhi Airport has attributed the rescheduling of flights to “traffic restrictions due to the G20 summit.” However, the airport is currently facing additional challenges, such as the grounding of numerous aircraft due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues. Currently, there are 20 IndiGo (6E) aircraft parked on the apron.
Furthermore, India is grappling with the suspension of operations by one of its major low-cost carriers, Go First (G8), which has been inactive since May 3. Nearly half of Go First’s…
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