United Airlines suspends operations to smog-hit Delhi

Ivan Schwartz
November 13, 2017

United Airlines on Saturday temporarily suspended its Delhi-bound flights from Newark, USA, citing "poor air quality" - the first cancellation of an global flight after pollution levels rose in the national capital with air quality index reaching the "severe" category."United temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi", a spokesperson of the US-based airline said.

Posting an official notice on their website, United said it was issuing waivers for customers who planned to travel to, from or through New Delhi between November 9 and 13.

Earlier, the airline was offering waivers on rescheduling tickets.

The airline will continue to monitor the crisis and advises the public to watch for updates, a United airlines spokesperson told to DNA India. While locals attempt to combat the smog, worldwide airlines "United Airlines" has blocked all flights to, from, and connecting to Delhi, citing the air quality.

United Airlines customers have been asked to check its website or download the mobile app for latest updates.

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Given the high level of smog in the capital, the Delhi administration had taken several emergency steps as precautionary measures.

Through the crisis in New Delhi, schools have been temporarily closed, trucks prohibited from entering, and industrial activity halted.

The Delhi government on Saturday called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented from Monday, after the National Green Tribunal ordered the withdrawal of exemptions under it, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said.

The air pollution in the national capital has worsened in the last few days, with air quality dropping to "severe" category and a thick toxic smog enshrouding the region.

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