Delhi airspace to be shut for R-Day rehearsals
Air travellers using Delhi Airport, who were already having a harrowing time due to unprecedented fog, are set to face more trouble as the government has now decided to shut down the airport for one hour due to Republic Day rehearsals.
New Delhi: New Delhi`s airspace will remain closed for an hour between 11.15 am (IST) and 12.15 pm (IST) from January 21 to 24 and on January 26 for Republic Day celebrations, an official said on Thursday.
"There will be no take-off and landing of flights during this period. Flights cannot operate within a radius of 50 nautical miles during this period over the capital`s air space as IAF aircraft will conduct rehearsals for the Republic Day function," a spokesperson for the Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) told a news agency.
The air space will also remain closed for an hour between 11.15 a.m. (IST) and 12.15 p.m. (IST) on January 26 for the Republic Day function, the official added.
Delhi`s air space is closed every year for rehearsals for Republic Day functions and for Independence Day celebrations on August 15 when IAF performs air shows.