Thirty-two flights were diverted from Delhi airport on Sunday due to low visibility caused by air pollution. Several flights have been delayed.
In an official statement, authorities said visibility near the Indira Gandhi International Airport dropped to 300-meters making it difficult for pilots to operate. Flights were diverted to Jaipur, Amritsar, and Lucknow. India's biggest airline IndiGo advises its passengers to keep some extra travel time in hand due to rainfall in several parts of National Capital Region. With the air quality bordering the 'severe plus' category, a public health emergency has been declared in Delhi on Friday. Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that pollution was "unbearable" across North India.
“Pollution has reached unbearable levels across north India. Delhi government has taken many steps. Delhiites have made many sacrifices. Delhi is suffering for no fault of theirs. Punjab CM also expressed concern. Center should take immediate steps two provide relief. We will support Center in all initiatives,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. New Delhi, which is home to more than 18 million people and 8.8 million registered motor vehicles, has been ranked the most polluted city in the world, according to Greenpeace and AirVisual.