Since Republic Day is considered as one of the prime time for the people of India, and the security across India tightens around that time, the same will be true for Delhi airport. People who are travelling to and from Delhi between January 18, 2020, and January 26, 2020, should keep in mind that the Delhi airport will remain as a no-fly zone for two hours every day for these seven days. There has been a no-landing, no-takeoff restriction placed on Delhi airport and it has been put by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The timing between which there would be no take-off and no-landing at the airport would be between 10:35 AM and 12:15 PM.
AAI Issues NOTAM
Along with this, the AAI has also said that since the security will be heightened and the frisking would be stringent, the passengers should arrive well in advance for their flight. Not only this, but they should plan appropriately given the time of their flight. It is also worth noting that the timing which has been given for the closure of the airport by AAI happens to be the peak hours at the Delhi airport. The peak hours mean that a lot of flights take-off and land at this time at the airport. It is likely that the two hour shutdown will mean that a lot of flights will be delayed, cancelled or rescheduled.
Delhi Airport Heightened Security
It is worth noting that this is not the first time it is being said. To have vigil security and to avoid any unprecedented activities, like terror attacks, the Delhi airport is given a security lockdown and a Notice to Air Men (NOTAM) was also issued during the time of Independence Day, 2019 and also during Republic Day last year. As much as 1,000 flights were affected that day and it is quite possible that might be the case this time as well.