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India: smog in New Delhi reaches record levels

Delays and diverted connections

For several days the smog of New Delhi, in India, has reached record levels causing delays and redirections of connections. The city authorities declared that "pollution has reached unbearable levels" and Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the city a "gas chamber".

The main airlines Air India and Vistara have announced that today's flights arriving at the international airport will be postponed or diverted to other airports. From today until November 15 in New Delhi there is a system of alternate number plates with traffic prohibition for vehicles whose last figure is an even or odd number. Schools closed until Tuesday and government offices will follow shifts to avoid further traffic. Health authorities have urged citizens not to leave their homes unless strictly necessary.

The international airport of Delhi is named after "Indira Gandhi", Indian prime minister from 1980 to 1984. It is one of the busiest airports in India and South Asia, with the management of one of the largest trafficking of goods and passengers of the sub-continent. It was initially run by the Indian Air Force, which was part of Palam Airport, until its administration was transferred to the airport authority of India. In 2006 the control of the airport passed under the joint-venture known as Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

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