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Upcoming flight disruptions at Delhi and Bangalore airports

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international (IGI) airport will face flight disruptions this week due to Republic Day and Bangalore’s Bengaluru international airport (BIA) will face disruptions in early February due to the Aero India 2011 show.

With India celebrating Republic Day on 26 January, flight operations in Delhi will be shut down:

  1. Between 0700-1230 hours and 1400-1830 hours on 26 Jan, 2011
  2. Between 1400-1900 hours on 29th Jan, 2011

Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will “support” the Aero India 2011 show being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, by suspending flights during the flight demonstration times.

The timings are :

  1. From 6 to 8 February from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 15:30.
  2. From 9 to 13 February from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00.

Passengers are requested to please note these disruptions and contact your respective airlines. All of them have been already notified and should have alternate schedules in place.

In case you are wondering why BIA is suspending operations the simple answer is safety.

BIA is just a few miles north of Yelahanka and the landing-departing flight paths are very close. The show flight demonstrations cannot operate to the south of the air base due to the heavy build-up of population centres which is also the same reason why the air show cannot be held at the HAL airport which is also a defence airfield.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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