MIAMI – Due to the catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 in India, United Airlines (UA) announced on Friday that it is pausing its flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Delhi (DEL) on May 31.
According to Reuters, the country reported that infections rose to 1.57 million new cases last week. And the vaccine rate dropped as supply and transportation issues arose.
Before the cutoff, UA says that it will fly its larger Boeing 777-300ER on seven round-trips to facilitate the repatriation of those wishing to get home to India. United will also assist in the transport of medical supplies. Previously, UA flew its 787-9 Dreamliners on the route.
What India-US Flights are Left?
Per the Reuters article, UA is the only US carrier currently flying to India. The airline will continue its daily flights to DEL from Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) and to Mumbai (BOM) from Newark. The airline will monitor customer demand and make any appropriate changes in its schedule.
The Financial Post says that as of now UA expects to resume the Chicago-Delhi flights in July and will inaugurate its San Francisco-Bangalore (BLR) service on August 1.
Featured image: United Airlines N25982 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Photo: Sean Brink/Airways