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R-Day closure: 100 flights to be cancelled daily between Jan 18-26 in Delhi

Approximately, 1,000 flights in the total of nine days and 15,000 passengers daily are likely to be affected by the shutdown

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

IGI airport

At least 100 a day are expected to be canceled between January 18 and 26 from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm as part of annual closure, the (DIAL) said.

said it in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on Thursday. The authority which operates (IGIA) said it has sought to minimize the inconvenience to the passengers. Approximately 1,000 are likely to be affected over a period of nine days This shutdown will also affect around 15,000 passengers daily.

This is for the first time that have been ordered to cancel their as till last year they were asked to reschedule their operations. International can reschedule their during the nine-day period this year.

On an average, handled 1,350 every day in 2017. According to officials, while the number of flight handled by the has been going up by 10-15 per cent every year, and the number of passengers by 20 per cent, there has been no corresponding rise in the airspace and terminal capacity, Hindustan Times said in a report.

According to domestic airlines, the short notice to cancel the would anger the passengers and they will have to face the brunt even when it is not their fault. Until last year they only had to reschedule their flight timings which was manageable as passengers could fly, said a senior executive on the condition of anonymity, Economic Times reported.

Airspace closures take place every year for rehearsals by the as well as VVIP arrivals and departures.

First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 10:12 IST