Flights to Muscat not hit by Delhi smog

MUSCAT, Nov 12 – Flights between New Delhi and Oman have remained unaffected even as the Indian capital city is enveloped by a thick blanket of smog, according to airlines operating from both Muscat and Salalah.
The clarification comes in the wake of some airlines suspending services to Delhi after the city declared an environment pollution emergency last week. Pollution had crossed acceptable levels in Indian capital.
“All our flights are operating as per schedule. We will advise in advance if any official update is received from our headquarters,” the Kuwait Airways said in response to a query from the Observer.
Delhi is a lucrative sector for flights operating from Muscat. Almost all carriers fly to the Indian capital.
“All our flights between Muscat and Delhi have been operating regularly and no service has been suspended so far,” said Air India office in a statement.
Sri Lankan Airlines, which has 11 flights a week to Delhi, said its services remain uninterrupted. “All our 11 services are as per schedule. So far, no delay/ cancellation has been reported,” the airlines office said.
Gulf Air, another leading carrier operating from Muscat via Bahrain, said its daily service to Delhi was continuing as usual. “For us, safety of the passengers is of paramount importance and we never compromise on this credo. All our services are operating as usual,” said a senior airline official.

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