Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Iran, Pak overflying restriction fallout: United extends suspension of India routes till September 1

New Delhi: American major United Airlines has further extended the suspension of its daily nonstops on New York (Newark or EWR)-Delhi and EWR-Mumbai routes to September 1. United had first cancelled the Delhi flight on April 5 due to “continued closure of Pakistani airspace” and the same was to resume from July 2.

While Pakistan airspace has been closed for overflying from February 27, last month the US prohibited its airlines from operating in the overwater area of Tehran airspace above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman “due to heightened military activities”. Following the Iran airspace restrictions, United had suspended its Mumbai flight.
A United spokesman said on Tuesday: “Given current events in the Middle East and the continued closure of Pakistani airspace, we have decided to suspend our service between India (Mumbai and Delhi) and Newark until September 1. We are contacting our customers to provide this update and assist those who may need to make other travel arrangements, including rebooking on other airlines or offering full refunds.”
“Additionally, we will remain in close contact with relevant government authorities throughout the suspension in order to provide our customers with the latest updates and most efficient travel experience under these circumstances,” the United spokesman added.
02/07/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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