New Delhi, Nov 11: The United Airlines on Friday cancelled its fights to the national capital after the air quality deteriorated. The airlines cancelled its flights from Newark to New Delhi which were scheduled to land. The company also transferred the tickets to other airlines to facilitate passengers. It is the first instance where an airline has cancelled flights citing rising pollution levels in the city.

“We encourage customers who are travelling over the next several days to visit united.com or download our mobile app for the latest updates and developments,” United Airlines stated.

“The airline is monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies,” the spokesperson added.

The pollution levels reached a new high making Delhi world’s most polluted city. The government took a slew of measures to reduce pollution levels. Apart from closing schools until Monday, the government is also contemplating to introduce traffic rationing measure, Odd-Even Scheme. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also directed the Centre and the State

Besides hampering visibility on road, the situation has become a public health emergency, and prompted schools to shut down in its wake. The city’s air quality worsened ahead of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere.

(With inputs from ANI)