Delhi pollution: United Airlines suspends flights to India's capital


As smog envelops Delhi giving rise to poor visibility and health hazards, the United Airlines on Saturday temporarily suspended its flight originating from Newark to New Delhi for a few days, as reported by news agency ANI. The airline website said that a flight from Newark to Delhi (UA 082) was cancelled due to "severe weather condition in our route network".In an email on November 9, the airline company informed its passengers that travel disruptions were likely due to "air quality concerns" in Delhi.

United has operated on the Newark-New Delhi route since 2005 and now offers daily nonstop service on its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. According to reports, in a bid to not miff its passengers, the airline is also offering travel waivers.

Delta Air Lines said it does not operate flights to India, according to a spokeswoman.

Customers scheduled to travel this past Thursday through Monday can book a new flight that departs on or before November 18 without paying change fees or any difference in fair, United said on its website.

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"We encourage customers who are traveling over the next several days to visit or download our mobile app for the latest updates and developments", United Airlines stated.

The blanket of toxic smog smothering India's capital Delhi and the surrounding areas continues on its 5th day, in a state described as a "health emergency". But poor air quality, declared as a health emergency, has prompted it to call off its services for now.

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