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New Delhi’s smog is so bad, United won’t fly here

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NEW DELHI – Citing toxic smog that one official said has turned India’s capital city into a ”gas chamber,” United Airlines has canceled flights to New Delhi until the air gets better.

At least in United’s eyes, the Indian capital’s smog concerns are on par with environmental disasters like hurricanes and volcanoes – a risk to be avoided. The company said it was letting passengers switch flights without charge or helping them find seats on other carriers.

It was unclear whether other airlines would follow suit. Virgin Atlantic, KLM, and Etihad Airlines all compete for business to New Delhi.

An advisory on United’s website said travel to New Delhi was suspended through at least Tuesday.

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