The New Delhi International Airport – the busiest in India, will see closure of complete operations for one hour and forty minutes each day on 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th of January. The closure is from 1035 hours to 1215 hours folocal time for the preparation and rehearsal for the country’s Republic Day Celebrations. India became a republic on 26th January 1950 and each year foreign dignitaries are invited to be part of the celebrations which involve showcasing the diverse culture of the country and the military might.
A0020/20 NOTAMN Q) VIDF/QFAXX/IV/BO/A/000/999/
D) 18 20-24 26 0505-0645
E) NO LDG AND TKOF PERMITTED AT IGI AP,NEW DELHI (VIDP) DUE REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS.
Every year the closure also affects over flights with restrictions on air space within a radius of 50NM around Delhi VOR for flights flying below 20000 ft (FL200). However, there hasnt been any NOTAM as yet this year.
Delhi is the only city in the country to operate two simultaneous runways for arrivals and departures. While Bengaluru started operations of its second runway, it is currently restricted to take-offs.
If you are booked on any flight which is expected to land or take-off during the closure time, check with the airline concerned. This will also have an impact on flights across the country.