United Airlines suspends operations to smog-hit Delhi

13 November, 2017, 03:50 | Author: Terri Saunders
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"United temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and now has waiver policies in place for customers who are travelling to, from or through Delhi", an airline spokesperson said in a statement. According to reports, in a bid to not miff its passengers, the airline is also offering travel waivers.

The company said in a statement Saturday that it had waivers in place for customers traveling to, from or through New Delhi. There will be no extra charge for this.

Money quoted a representative of the airline, who said that they are monitoring advisories as the region is under a public health emergency.

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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"We encourage customers who are travelling over the next several days to visit United.com or download our mobile app for the latest updates and developments", the spokesperson said.

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

As per the data collected from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi's average Air Quality Index (AQI) at 3 pm today was 423 (on a scale of 0 to 500) while the PM2.5 (particles with diameter less than 2.5) hovered around 422 units, considered "severe". 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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