Top News

IndiGo cancels 19 flights from Delhi because of protests in the city

Passengers are silhouetted against the backdrop of an IndiGo aircraft standing on tarmac at the airport in New Delhi January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - IndiGo, India’s biggest airline by market share, has cancelled 19 flights from Delhi as road traffic disruption in the capital city has affected the availability of its crew, a Delhi airport official said on Thursday. A further 16 flights are delayed.

The traffic disruption has been caused by protests in Delhi and in several cities across the country against a contentious new citizenship law that is largely seen as anti-Muslim.

“Due to traffic restrictions and to accommodate passengers reaching late to the airport, we have rescheduled and curtailed our schedule in and out of Delhi by approximately 20 departures,” IndiGo said in a statement, adding that this accounts for about 10% of its total flights out of the capital.

Reporting by Neha Dasgupta and Aditi Shah; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani