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Delhi airport braces for private planes

india Updated: Oct 29, 2011 01:03 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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As more than two dozen private jets are expected to land at the Delhi airport over the next two days, special arrangements have been made for the planes ferrying VIPs.


According to sources, legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher was the first one to arrive in his private plane on Wednesday.

“We have 24 private aircraft movements scheduled for the next two days, all related to F1. Several Indian VIPs and foreign dignitaries are coming in to watch the F1 race,” said an airport source requesting anonymity said.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) was in constant touch with F1 organisers since December 2010. The F1 logistics team that internationally reviews all arrangements at various hosting countries had visited the IGIA cargo. DIAL also installed new Electronic Transfer Vehicle (ETV) for stacking and handling of pallets.

To cater to the needs of passengers, DIAL has also initiated a 'Speed Fest' from the first week of October.

The Force India team has also initiated a host of activities such as experience F-1 simulation, an F-1 graffiti wall, racing games and a mock pit stop.

"Everyday, a draw of lots was held for Formula 1 tickets. To participate, one has to spend a minimum of R500 from any retail and R200 at any F&B outlet,” a DIAL spokesperson said.

“DIAL is excited to play host to Formula One cars. We see it as a great opportunity to create a buzz among passengers. This is a first-of-its-kind event for India,” I Prabhakara Rao, DIAL’s CEO said.