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

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

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

Travel must be rescheduled for the same cabin. The carrier operates flights from Newark to Delhi and Mumbai."Due to air quality concerns in Delhi, India, we anticipate possible delays and cancellations throughout the weekend , As Reported By Hindustan Times".

United Airlines temporarily suspended Newark-New Delhi flights due to poor air quality in India's capital, and said some extra charges will be waived for passengers forced to reschedule. They said they are monitoring the situation and are coordinating with concerned government agencies.

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.

The airline announced its decision on Friday, days after the air quality in New Delhi was rated hazardous, saying it would cancel flights from Newark, N.J., set to arrive on Saturday and Sunday, the Business Standard reported.

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It is not known if competing airlines Virgin Atlantic, Etihad and KLM offered any similar waiver.

Over the last week, New Delhi's air quality has dropped to the worst levels of the entire year, over 75 times the World Health Organization's safety levels regarding breathing and health concerns. The levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, which are ultrafine particulates, remained multiple times above the permissible limits, forcing people to breathe noxious air and triggering health complications.

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

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