United is extending the suspension of service to New Delhi until July.
A flight attendant just forwarded me the following update:
As we previously reported, seasonal winds and the continued closure of Pakistani airspace have caused us to suspend our EWR-DEL (New Delhi) service. To minimize the inconveniences for our customers, we are extending the suspension of service between these two cities through July 2 eastbound and July 3 westbound. Customers may continue to visit united.com or check our mobile app to see the latest updates.
Recall, the original reason for suspension:
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 will extend to July 2nd (eastbound) / July 3rd (westbound)
- Mumbai service will continue
- 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)
I had a feeling the delay would be extended. Let’s hope this is the final extension…