Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

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

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

While locals attempt to combat the smog, global airlines "United Airlines" has blocked all flights to, from, and connecting to Delhi, citing the air quality.

The company said in a statement Saturday that it had waivers in place for customers traveling to, from or through New Delhi.

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. According to reports, in a bid to not miff its passengers, the airline is also offering travel waivers.

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"We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies", a United Airlines Spokesperson said here.

Given the high level of smog in the capital, the Delhi administration had taken several emergency steps as precautionary measures. However, the odd-even plan will not come into force from Monday as the Delhi government has refused to go ahead with it after the National Green Tribunal scrapped nearly all exemptions, including those to women drivers and two-wheelers. 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. Gahlot said the government's decision came in view of the directive by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which ordered the withdrawal of all exemptions, including to two-wheeler riders and woman-only vehicles, under the odd-even scheme.

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