World United resumes Newark-Delhi flights after halt due to poor air quality

08:21  13 november  2017
08:21  13 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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United Airlines said it had resumed flights from Newark , New Jersey to New Delhi , India on Sunday, after suspending the service temporarily over concerns about poor air quality in the Indian capital. UA Flight 82 had been cancelled on Friday and Saturday

NEW YORK/SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (Reuters) - United Airlines said it had resumed flights from Newark , New Jersey to New Delhi , India on Sunday, after suspending the service temporarily over concerns about poor air quality in the Indian capital.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: A United Airlines jet takes off from Washington National Airport in Washington © REUTERS/Joshua Roberts A United Airlines jet takes off from Washington National Airport in Washington

United Airlines said it had resumed flights from Newark, New Jersey to New Delhi, India on Sunday, after suspending the service temporarily over concerns about poor air quality in the Indian capital.

UA Flight 82 had been canceled on Friday and Saturday, data from flight tracking website FlightRadar24 showed, while the airline's website said it had waiver policies in place for passengers traveling to, from or through Delhi until Monday.

UA Flight 82 has resumed operations, but "we will continue to monitor conditions over the next few days", a spokesman said.

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— Reuters picNEW YORK, Nov 13 — United Airlines said it had resumed flights from Newark , New Jersey to New Delhi , India yesterday, after suspending the service temporarily over concerns about poor air quality in the Indian capital.

United Airlines resumes flights from Newark , New Jersey to New Delhi after suspending the service temporarily over concerns about poor air quality in Delhi .

The third-largest U.S carrier is monitoring advisories as the New Delhi region remains under a public health emergency, and is coordinating with respective government agencies, the United Airlines spokesman had earlier told Reuters.

Last week, New Delhi declared a pollution emergency as toxic smog hung over the city for days, with tourism operators reporting cancellation of bookings for the Christmas holidays.

U.S. rivals Delta Air Lines Inc and American Airlines Group Inc said they do not operate flights to New Delhi, while several Asian airlines contacted by Reuters said they had not canceled flights.

Verisk Maplecroft, a risk consultancy, says India has the worst air quality out of a list of 198 countries it measures, and that New Delhi ranks among the world's top 10 most polluted cities with many urban areas around the capital also among those with the worst air quality.

"At the national level, India tops the index rankings (i.e. the country with the worst air quality), followed by Bangladesh and Thailand," said Richard Hewston, Verisk Maplecroft's global head of environment and climate change.

The company's Air Quality Index assesses the atmospheric concentrations of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, known as PM 2.5.

A U.S. embassy measure of PM 2.5 showed a reading of 481 in New Delhi on Monday morning, local time. The outer limit of "good" air is 50.

(Reporting by Catherine Ngai in New York and Jamie Freed and Henning Gloystein in Singapore; editing by Diane Craft and Himani Sarkar)

Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air .
In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines. India's smog crisis has centred on the capital but pollution is as bad or worse beyond its borders, with millions in smaller cities like Moradabad barely aware of the harmful effects of the air they breathe.For more than a week toxic smog has hovered over densely populated regions of northern India and Pakistan, sending pollution levels soaring to many times the World Health Organization safe limit.

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