United Airlines suspends Newark-Delhi flight due to pollution concerns

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In the wake of severe smog and worsening air quality in Delhi, the United Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to the national capital.

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The US-based carrier is possibly the first airline to suspend operations to Delhi, citing air pollution as the reason.

In an email on November 9, the airline company informed its passengers that travel disruptions were likely due to "air quality concerns" in Delhi. The carrier operates flights from Newark to Delhi and Mumbai.

"United temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and currently has waiver policies in place for customers who are travelling to, from or through Delhi," an airline spokesperson said in a statement.

"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.

Delhi has been enveloped in a haze of smog since Monday night, as air quality across most parts of the national capital deteriorated to 'severe' levels.

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