Poor air quality, declared as a health emergency in Delhi, India, determined United Airlines company to cancel two flights from Newark, US, to Delhi on Friday and Saturday.
“United has temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi, and currently has waiver policies in place for customers who are traveling to, from, or through Delhi. We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with government agencies,” a United Airlines spokesperson said.
Air pollution in Delhi
On Friday, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) had expressed justified concerns that the smog would hit tourism in Delhi. The industry chamber interacted with 350 tour operators and based its findings on their feedback. For the moment, United Airlines would provide vouchers to affected customers, to be used for similar flights on or before Nov. 18. Pollution levels in Delhi still at 'severe' for the fifth day in a row. A dense blanket of smog enveloped Delhi this week forcing closure of schools and a four-fold hike in parking fee for vehicles. As per the data collected from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi's average Air Quality Index (AQI) at 3 pm on November 11 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".