Citing the continued closure of Pakistani airspace and strong seasonal winds, United Airlines will suspend its service to New Delhi for two weeks.
A flight attendant shared a note she just received:
Due to seasonal winds and the continued closure of Pakistani airspace, we currently are unable to operate our flights between EWR and DEL (New Delhi) while meeting crew flying time requirements. Beginning Friday, we will suspend the service for two weeks but will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with U.S. government authorities and our international partners. We are continuing to operate our EWR-BOM (Mumbai) service; nonstop flying on that route resumes today.
We are reaching out directly to our customers booked on the EWR-DEL flights to provide alternate travel options, including rebooking on our Star Alliance partners or providing full refunds. Customers may also visit united.com or check our mobile app to see the latest updates.
Some notes if you don’t want to read the blurb above:
- The suspension begins tomorrow, April 05, 2019
- The suspension will last two weeks
- Mumbai service will continue
- Mumbai service no longer requires a stop in Europe for a crew change
- If your flight is canceled, United will rebook you on another Star Alliance partner
- Full refunds are also available
- Changes can be made over the phone, on united.com, or on the mobile app (in theory)
Hopefully, this remains just a 14-day cancellation and not a more long-term one.