13 Flights Diverted, Dozens Delayed at Delhi's IGI Airport Due to 'VIP Movement'
Officials said flights had to be diverted between 5.30 pm and 6.15 pm because of an unusually high frequency of VIP charter planes landing at the Delhi airport.
Several passengers tweeted photos of long queues at the IGI airport. (Image courtesy: @AninBanerjeeeee)
Officials told ANI that flights had to be diverted between 5.30 pm and 6.15 pm because of an unusually high frequency of VIP charter planes landing at the Delhi airport. There was also a lack of parking space for aircraft and the diversions were necessary to maintain air safety and efficiency, they said.
However, temporary flight restrictions meant the delays continued for several hours with subsequent flights getting affected. Around 9 pm, the Delhi Airport's website showed nearly 90 domestic flights scheduled to arrive at IGI had been delayed or diverted.
As crowds swelled at the terminal, several airlines took to Twitter to inform passengers to check their flight status before heading for the airport.
"Due to air traffic congestion consequent to VVIP movement at #Delhi airport, some of our flights are affected," Jet Airways tweeted.
SpiceJet also tweeted a similar advisory, asking passengers to check their flight status before arriving at the airport.
#TravelUpdate: Due to congestion at Delhi, all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected. 1/2— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) November 4, 2017
A video tweeted by the news agency ANI, showed long queues at the Terminal 1D, which handles a large number of domestic arrivals and departures.
Many stranded passengers expressed their frustration on social media websites.
@jetairways what a pathetic service for flight 9W856 LKO to Pune. My wife and infant son stucked at Delhi airport due to flight delay.— Anuj Awasthi (@AnujAwasthi01) November 4, 2017
Left meeting at 6.30 pm for delhi airport.1 hour to reach.45 mnts at @IndiGo6E counter.45 mnts at waiting area,45 mnts in stationary plane !— vipul mittra (@vmittra) November 4, 2017
Delhi Airport T1 at this point has more people than New Delhi Railway Station.— Vivek (@ivivek_nambiar) November 3, 2017
Among those stuck was Biju Janata Dal leader Kalikesh Deo who tagged PM Narendra Modi and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju about the snag.
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