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Air India curtails flight operations to US owing to deployment of 5G communications Air India | US ops
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Air India curtails flight operations to US owing to deployment of 5G communications

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Jan 2022, 12:39 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Air India on Tuesday informed that it has curtailed its operations to the USA from India in view of the deployment of 5G communications by the United States.

"Due to deployment of 5G communications in USA,  our operations to USA from India stand curtailed/revised with change in aircraft type from 19th January 2022," Air India stated in a tweet.

United Airlines said the US government's current 5G rollout plan will have a devastating impact on aviation.

The plan might be negatively affecting an estimated 1.25 million United Airlines passengers with at least 15,000 flights and cargo travelling as well.

When deployed next to runways, the 5G signals could interfere with the key safety equipment that pilots rely on during take-off and land in inclement weather, the airline said in a statement available with media.

"We won’t compromise on safety — full stop. But, governments in other countries have successfully designed policies to ensure the safe deployment of 5G technology and we’re simply asking the U.S. government to do the same," the airline said.

"Unfortunately, this will result in not only hundreds of thousands of flight cancellations and disruptions for customers across the industry in 2022, but also the suspension of cargo flights into these locations, causing a negative ripple effect on an already fragile supply chain," it said. 

"We implore the (Joe) Biden administration to act quickly and apply the same common sense solutions here that have clearly worked so well around the world," it added.