Delhi Airport Implements Flight Restrictions on August 15 for Security Measures

Delhi airport announces flight restrictions for non-scheduled flights on August 15, during select morning and evening hours. Exceptions for state-owned aircraft, quick response missions, and medical evacuations. Travelers advised to plan ahead and utilize the 'DigiYatra' facility for contactless travel.

In anticipation of the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations, the Delhi airport authorities have announced temporary flight restrictions for non-scheduled flights on August 15.

These measures are part of enhanced security protocols and ongoing infrastructure upgrades.


As per official sources from the Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) under the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the restrictions are designed to ensure safety and smooth operations during this significant national event.

Morning and Evening Flight Restrictions

According to the issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), non-scheduled flights of both scheduled airlines and chartered services will be prohibited from landing or taking off during specific hours. The restricted time slots are from 6 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm on August 15.


This temporary restriction will not affect scheduled flights, including those of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Border Security Force (BSF), and Army Aviation helicopters, ensuring continued essential operations.

Exemptions and Special Permissions

Certain exceptions to the flight restrictions have been granted. State-owned aircraft or helicopters carrying the governor or chief minister of a state will be allowed to fly during the designated hours.

Additionally, flights engaged in quick response missions and immediate medical evacuation will also be permitted, as highlighted by an official statement from the airport authorities.

Plan Ahead and Utilize DigiYatra for Smooth Transits

Passengers are advised to factor in extended formalities and enhanced security measures at the Delhi airport premises due to the ongoing infrastructure upgrades and Independence Day security arrangements.


To expedite the boarding process and ensure a contactless experience, travellers can make use of the ‘DigiYatra’ facility. This service provides faster mobility to boarding gates, enhanced security, and dedicated gates, ultimately saving valuable travel time.

The DigiYatra facility is currently available at all departure gates of Terminals 3 and 2 at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

Nationwide Advisory for Major Airports

In solidarity with the heightened security measures, other major airports across the country, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai, have issued advisories to passengers. The collective aim is to avoid crowding and ensure seamless passenger movement.

Travellers are strongly encouraged to arrive well in advance to accommodate the necessary check-in and security procedures.


The authorities of each airport have urged cooperation from visitors and passengers to ensure a secure and smooth travel experience during this crucial period.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport issued a humble plea, “We kindly request all visitors to cooperate and avoid crowding, facilitating seamless passenger movement due to the additional security measures and high-security alert for Independence Day.”

Chennai Airport conveyed a similar message, stating, “Early is on time, On time is late! From 10.08.2023 to 20.08.2023, #AAI #ChennaiAirport will be under high-security alert for Independence Day. We request all our valued passengers to arrive early at the airport to ensure smooth and seamless transit.”

For real-time updates on flight-related information, passengers are advised to stay in touch with their respective airlines. Planning ahead and adhering to the provided guidance will contribute to a safe and efficient travel experience for all during this significant national occasion.


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