United suspending flights to New Delhi over air pollution

United suspending flights to New Delhi over air pollution

The airline has temporarily suspended flights to New Delhi.

Thick, toxic smog has blanketed the city since Tuesday, when the 24-hour average of particulate matter pollution in the air (PM 2.5) reached more than 900 micrograms per cubic meter.

US-based United Airline temporarily suspended its flights citing "severe weather conditions" in New Delhi (File Photo) US-based United Airline temporarily suspended its flights citing "severe weather conditions" in New Delhi (File Photo) Concerns of poor air quality over Delhi have prompted foreign governments to put out travel advisories and led to at least one global airline, the US-based United Airline, temporarily suspending its flights citing "severe weather conditions"."United has temporarily suspended our Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and now has waiver policies in place for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi". No spokesperson was available to speak about the change of events and the airline's transfer of its booked passengers to other airlines.

"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.

Delhi pollution: Government calls off odd-even plan in NCR
This decision has come as a result of rising air pollution in Delhi, and an attempt to reduce vehicular pollution in the city. Even as the NGT gave its go-ahead to Odd-Even, it observed that water sprinkling was a better way of curbing pollution.

Illegal crop-burning by farmers in the neighbouring states has been blamed as the main source of the hazardous pollution.

Smog envelops buildings on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi on November 25, 2014. It has also been ranked the 9th busiest airport in Asia and the 20th busiest in the world, and it has racked up awards in recent times for design and maintenance.

Officials have likened the city's poor air quality to smoking multiple packs of cigarettes a day, as the season's cold air catches pollutants at the ground level and stops them from dispersing into the air. Weather related issues are usually on top of the list, but even there, cancellations are mostly attributed to freak storms, rain, and wind. "As a doctor, I have no problem saying that the situation today is a public health emergency". Closing down all schools.

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