New Delhi: Several international airlines, including Air India, have suspended flights to the United States since Wednesday due to uncertainties over interference between 5G mobile phone service and sophisticated aviation technologies. Air India said it had canceled flights from Delhi to San Francisco, Chicago and JFK in the US and from Mumbai to Newark.
Air India said in a tweet: “Due to 5G communications in the US, we will no longer be able to operate our flights from Delhi to San Francisco, Chicago and JKF in the US and from Mumbai to Newark from January 19.” According to a CNN report, Emirates, Air India, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have announced reduction in flights to the United States.
Emirates has announced cancellations of flights to nine US airports: Boston, Chicago Ohio, Dallas Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental to Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 5G cellular antennas near airports can block readings of some of the aircraft’s equipment, allowing pilots to estimate how far they are from the ground.