The disruption of West-bound international flights due to volcanic ash has created a space crunch at the Delhi airport. The airspace over Europe is out of bounds for aircraft due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Many flights arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, that pass through Europe’s airspace have been cancelled, rescheduled or diverted. Several flights that had arrived could not take off for the return journey, leading to a shortage of parking bays at IGI for incoming aircraft.
To manage the situation, private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), along with air traffic control officials, diverted incoming cargo flights to other airports, under due intimation to their operators.
“The parking bays available at the international cargo apron were then used to park incoming passenger aircraft and passengers were ferried to the terminals by coaches,” said a DIAL spokesman.
“There is still a shortage of parking bays. We decided to park five wide-bodied aircraft, after passenger disembarkation at the terminal, on adjoining aircraft taxiways, which are currently not used due to rehabilitation work at runway 28,” he said.
“We are ensuring that passengers and airlines face minimum inconvenience and flight operations at IGI Airport continue with normalcy, despite the unprecedented situation,” he said.
DIAL and some international airlines have put up help desks to provide information to passengers. Atleast 16 flights bound to affected European airports like London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam were either rescheduled or cancelled on Friday.