Air Force One At New Delhi’s IGI Airport Now

November 7th, 2010 - 8:14 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Air Force OneNew Delhi, Nov 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Air Force One which is the official carrier of the president of USA has arrived at the IGI airport in New Delhi. However, the airport authorities have said that unlike in Mumbai the Air Force One’s stay at the New Delhi IGI airport will not cause much disruption to the regular flight operations. However, the hang glider and micro light aircrafts have been banned at the airport for some time. The Air Traffic Control ceased the movement of any commercial flight for a few minutes when the Air Force One landed at the airport.

A senior official of the Airports Authority of India said that the normal procedure regarding movement of a VVIP flight would be followed. The official also went on to say that this means that no flight movement is allowed three minutes before landing and three minutes after landing when the U.S President’s aircraft lands in the New Delhi airport. Needless to say, the security arrangements near and at the IGI airport in New Delhi has been beefed up to meet the highest possible standard. A number of additional CISF personnel have been kept ready at the airport. Even the Airport staffs were checked thoroughly before they got in. The Air Force One is equipped with latest safety features and even when it is at the airport provisions have been kept ready for emergency take off if it is required.

Before the arrival of the Air Force One, New Delhi police and other key security agencies had beefed up the security at the city side. The president will leave Tuesday morning as per the schedule and the New Delhi Airport will revert to normal operations. He has been received by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the airport.

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