United halts Newark-Delhi flights on poor air quality

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The Delhi smog has also forced United Airlines to cancel two flights from Newark, the U.S., to the national Capital on Friday and Saturday.

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.

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

United has operated on the Newark-New Delhi route since 2005 and now offers daily nonstop service on its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. However, the airline company now has waiver policies in place for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi, informed a United Airlines spokesperson. While locals attempt to combat the smog, worldwide airlines "United Airlines" has blocked all flights to, from, and connecting to Delhi, citing the air quality.

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"We encourage customers who are traveling over the next several days to visit united.com or download our mobile app for the latest updates and developments", United Airlines stated.

Air quality in New Delhi is famously poor, but the smog over the past week created what doctors in the city called a public health emergency.

Although the air quality in Delhi is generally poor, it worsened further with the crop stubble burning from nearby states of Punjab and Haryana.

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

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