The epic clash between cricket powerhouses India and Australia is scheduled for Sunday at 2 pm at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in the ICC World Cup final.
In preparation for the much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport issued an advisory on Saturday night, notifying passengers of the temporary closure of airspace on Sunday.
The closure is scheduled from 1:25 pm to 2:10 pm to facilitate an air display by the Indian Air Force.
Passengers traveling through the SVPI Airport are urged to allocate extra time for travel-related formalities and mandatory security protocols. The airport’s statement emphasized the temporary closure of airspace on November 17 and 19 from 1:25 pm to 2:10 pm and advised passengers to check their flight schedules accordingly.
The airport reiterated its commitment to prioritizing safety and expressed gratitude for passengers’ cooperation.
The SVPI Airport anticipates a surge in passenger traffic for the World Cup final.
The spokesperson of the SVPI Airport mentioned that all security teams in the terminal and landside are on stand-by, with dynamic resource allocation based on passenger load to ensure a smooth transit through the airport.
The airport has 15 stands available for night parking during the final match, with six earmarked for business jet aircraft operations. An SOP has been prepared for non-standard parking of aircraft in case the demand for night parking exceeds the availability of stands for standard parking.
The airport has also accepted requests from commercial airlines to operate additional flights to metro cities to serve the maximum number of passengers.
Akasa Air’s advisory
#TravelUpdate: Due to airspace closure at Ahmedabad on 19th Nov 2023, between 13:15 hrs and 14:10 hrs on account of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 finals, flights arriving and departing from Ahmedabad may experience delays.
Also, in anticipation of heavy road traffic due to fans…
— Akasa Air (@AkasaAir) November 18, 2023
The surge in both fare prices and passenger movement is attributed to the World Cup final coinciding with the conclusion of the Diwali vacation. Many vacationers from Ahmedabad are expected to return on Sunday, aligning with the reopening of schools and businesses on Monday. The airport is preparing for the potential movement of at least a hundred chartered flights, and sources indicate that Ahmedabad airport has parking space for 53 aircraft.
Anticipating a higher influx of flights on Sunday, the airport authorities have proactively informed other airports like Vadodara, Rajkot, and Surat, notifying them of possible requests for flight parking, whether related to the World Cup or other reasons.