NEW DELHI: At least 13 flights were diverted out of the New Delhi airport on Saturday evening due to movement of VIPs, news agency ANI reported quoting officials. At about 9 pm, the Delhi Airport’s website showed nearly 90 domestic flights arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport had been delayed or diverted. By 10:30 pm, most of the delayed flights had landed.
Many flights were delayed for over an hour. One Jet Airways flight from Patna that was scheduled to land at 2:50 pm, eventually arrived at 8:59 pm – a delay of more than six hours.
“Due to air traffic congestion consequent to VVIP movement at #Delhi airport, some of our flights are affected,” Jet Airways tweeted, requesting passengers to check their flight status before arriving at the airport. SpiceJet also issued a similar advisory. Airlines also warned passengers of congestion at the Mumbai airport.
A high frequency of VIP chartered planes landing at Delhi airport caused the delay, sources in the Delhi Air Traffic Control told ANI. A video tweeted by the news agency, showed long queues at the Terminal 1 which handles most domestic arrivals and departures.