United Airlines suspends Newark-Delhi flight due to pollution concerns

Gladys Abbott
November 13, 2017

With pollution levels in Delhi still at "severe" for the fifth day in a row, United Airlines today temporarily suspended its flights from Newark to Delhi.

United Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to Delhi due to "poor air quality" in the national capital.

The airline will continue to monitor the crisis and advises the public to watch for updates, a United airlines spokesperson told to DNA India.

United has operated on the Newark-New Delhi route since 2005 and now offers daily nonstop service on its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. In an email on November 9, the airline company informed its passengers that travel disruptions were likely due to "air quality concerns" in Delhi. The carrier operates flights to Newark from Delhi and Mumbai.

CNN reported that the airline would provide vouchers to affected customers, to be used for similar flights on or before November 18.

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Customers traveling over the next several days should visit the United Airlines website or download the company's mobile application for updates, the spokesperson said.

Although the air quality in Delhi is generally poor, it worsened further with the crop stubble burning from nearby states of Punjab and Haryana.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of Delhi, called the capital a "gas chamber" as thick toxic smog continued to envelop the mega-city of around 20 million people on Sunday.

A sweeping set of measures were introduced that included shutting of schools till Saturday, four-fold hike in parking fees, banning construction and industrial activities, among others.

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