NEW DELHI — India is barring most international travelers from flying to and from New Delhi and Mumbai as a result of the power outage, which disrupted air travel.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday issued travel advisories for some major cities in the northeast and central regions, including New Delhi.
Travelers from the northeastern states of Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana were advised to check in and out before flying out of the city, while those from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were advised not to travel to or from Delhi or Mumbai.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country has “no choice” but to suspend flights to or to close down airport services for travelers in the Northeast and central parts of the country.
The shutdown of the national power grid comes after a severe winter storm shut down major parts of India for nearly two weeks last year, forcing about 7 million Indians to evacuate their homes and thousands of people to seek shelter.
Officials in India say the power shortage caused by the blackout has not impacted travel in the country’s largest cities.