“Our Newark-Delhi service suspension has been extended due to seasonal winds and the continued closure of Pakistani airspace. To minimize inconvenience for our customers, we are extending the suspension of service between these two cities through July 2 eastbound and July 3 westbound,” said Jonathan Guerin, United spokesman. United’s daily EWR-Mumbai is operating as usual as that is not impacted by closure of Pakistan airspace.
Air India and United are the only two airlines with direct flights between India and US. Since the closure of the Pakistan airspace on February 27, flights between south and southeast Asia, including, Delhi and the west have been badly affected. AI’s Delhi-New York (JFK) and Delhi-Chicago flights take a technical halt at Vienna where the aircraft gets refuelled and a change of crew.
The longer routing is costing airlines dear. AI is spending crores more on each flight between Delhi and the East Coast due to extra fuel burn, crew requirement and technical stop mid-way for refueling. In November 2017, United had suspended its EWR-Delhi flights for some days due to severe pollution here.
News credit : Indiatimes