13 NOV 2017: United Airlines cancelled service to India’s Capital over the weekend due to the worsening air quality which has now caused seen Delhi schools closed and hospitals swamped with patients complaining of respiratory problems.

"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 travelling to, from or through Delhi. We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency and are coordinating with respective government agencies," an airline spokesman said.

United has rebooked passengers on other flights, and say may resume flights on Monday if conditions improve though conditions seem unlikely to improve by then.

More than 6,000 schools were closed

Business leaders have warned air pollution could severely hit the tourism industry, although some travel companies said they have not yet seen an adverse impact.

"The pollution has generated a lot of negative publicity for the destination globally. However, there have been no cancellations in bookings," said Dipak Deva, managing director of inbound tourism at Thomas Cook group.

 

 

 

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