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United Airlines Suspends Newark-Delhi Flights Over Severe Air Pollution

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United Airlines temporarily suspends flights because of smog

"United has temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and now has waiver policies in place for customers who are travelling to, from or through Delhi". A representative from the airlines has commented that they're still studying the city, which has been under hazardous health condition, and are in contact with the government authorities.

Posting an official notice on their website, United said it was issuing waivers for customers who planned to travel to, from or through New Delhi between November 9 and 13. The customers will not be asked for any additional fees for their troubles.

The company also reportedly stated that at times when severe weather or major events seem to impact their operations, they issue travel waivers to allow the passengers change to alternate flights without paying anything extra as the changing fee.

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Assocham, which has recently interacted with 350 tour operators, said: "International tourists are quite particular about their health and safety. However, there have been no cancellations in bookings", said Dipak Deva, managing director of inbound tourism division, Thomas Cook group. "Guests are arriving according to schedule and they move out of Delhi immediately, so there is no cause for concern".

New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport is by far the busiest in India handling more than 30 million passengers annually compared to Mumbai's 23 million and Bangalore's 12 million in second and third place. The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 ranks India 40th out of 136 countries overall, and worldwide, Delhi is ranked at 28 by the number of foreign tourist arrivals. With air pollutants, especially PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels over ten times higher than admissible levels the health ministry issued advisories to people living in the city. Delhi schools were shut for the week.

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