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Indian Air Force manages air traffic at Ambani family event in Jamnagar: report

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last month From March 1 to March 3, the wedding ceremony of Anant Ambani, son of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, took place in Jamnagar, Gujarat, where the Defense Airport in Jamnagar has been granted temporary status. As an international airport for 5 days provided, it is now clear that approximately 600 flights took place during this period. and is managed by the Indian Air Force.

Mukesh Ambani family and Jamnagar airport at an event held in March. (Image courtesy: Reliance Group/X)

New Delhi: Celebrities from India and abroad attended the three-day wedding ceremony (March 1-3) of Anant Ambani, son of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, to Radhika Merchant, held in Jamnagar, Gujarat. At the beginning of March This is because a special increase in air traffic was recorded at this location.

Now, The Hindu in a report citing sources said that within five days there were about 600 flights and all these flights were being arranged by the Indian Air Force.

Earlier, the same newspaper had reported last month that Jamnagar airport had been given temporary status as an international airport from February 26 to March 6 as the Ambani family’s guest list included foreign dignitaries. Many countries As Jamnagar Airport is a defense airport and also close to the Pakistan border. The opposition Congress has already questioned such permission for private events.

Now, the newspaper cites sources as saying that a letter written by Reliance Group to the Defense Minister asks for assistance from the Indian Air Force in 24/7 airspace operations from February 23, 2024 to date. On March 4, the Defense Minister spoke with the Air Chief Marshal about this matter. After that Jamnagar Airport is open 24 hours a day.

According to sources, only 30 to 40 flights were initially discussed. More than 600 flights were arranged in five days.

A detailed plan has been drawn up taking into account the limited facilities available. and the infrastructure was developed after additional staff were assigned. Sources told The Hindu Jamnagar has never seen air traffic like this before. Considering the number of flights and the number of celebrity guests Therefore, it is necessary to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that no untoward incident occurs. It’s a great workout.

Jamnagar is a dual-use airport operated by the Indian Air Force. Together with the Airports Authority of India (AAI), it manages air traffic for the movement of civil flights.

Another source said Indian Air Force officials had built a taxiway and prepared a runway for large planes arriving at the event. The Air Force built 10 parking spots so that 10 aircraft could land on parallel taxiways.

Sources said that when the staff provided by Reliance was insufficient. The Indian Air Force has therefore deployed its personnel.

Mumbai airport was also closed for four hours for all unscheduled flights. As a result, the situation becomes more complicated. and forced the Indian Air Force to open its technical section. As these flights are return flights to Mumbai. Apart from the guests of the Ambani family, ATC also had to coordinate with Mumbai.

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