Flights not to be affected much when Obama lands in Delhi
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 06, 2010, 19:21
New Delhi: Movement of civilian aircraft, unlike in Mumbai, will not be hit much at the Delhi airport but microlight aircraft, hang-gliders and hot balloons will be banned when the Air Force One plane carrying US President Barack Obama lands at the IGI Airport here on Sunday.

The air traffic control would follow the normal procedure of restricting the movement of commercial or any other flights three minutes before and after the arrival of Obama's plane.

"We would be following the normal procedure regarding movement of a VVIP flight -- which means no flight movement is allowed three minutes prior to landing and three minutes post landing -- when President Obama's aircraft lands here," a senior Airports Authority of India official said. Air Traffic Control comes under the AAI.

A notice to airmen (NOTEM) has been issued by AAI banning movement of microlight aircraft, hang-gliders and hot air balloons within a radius of 200 km of the airport from 6.30 pm today to 11.59 pm on November 9.

Obama arrives here tomorrow afternoon and returns on Tuesday morning.

In Mumbai, movement of aircraft was not allowed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport six minutes before and after the flight carrying Obama landed.

No landing or take-off was permitted during that period and even taxiing of aircraft was disallowed till the US President's plane was completely evacuated.

Meanwhile, security at the IGI Airport's airside (where take-off, landings, taxiing and parking take place) has been beefed up by CISF which handles the security of the airport.

Additional CISF personnel have been deployed at the airside and each and every staff working inside the airport is being thoroughly checked, sources said.

While CISF has enhanced security at the airside, Delhi Police and other agencies are taking care of the city side and areas outside the Air Force's Technical Area where President Obama is scheduled to arrive.

"We are trying to ensure that the passengers don't face any problem due to President Obama's arrival. But still, they will have to go through strict security checks while coming to the airport and entering the terminal building," a CISF official said.

Operations at Terminal 3 and other terminals like T1D and T1C would be normal, he added.


First Published: Saturday, November 06, 2010, 19:21

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