IndiGo, GoAir cancel 48 flights, disruptions may continue until June

IndiGo, GoAir cancel 48 flights, disruptions may continue until June

Domestic carrier IndiGo continues to operate with a curtailed schedule today, with the airline cancelling 42 flights, following the grounding of eight of its A320neo planes along with three of GoAir due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues. IndiGo operates up to 1,000 flights a day while GoAir has around 230 flights daily. "We have seen fares of over Rs 12,000 for a one-way between Delhi and Mumbai flight for today", Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) at online travel portal Yatra.com, said on Tuesday.

The civil aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Tuesday said out of 45, it has ordered the grounding of 11 Airbus 320 neo aircraft, following instances of glitches.

GoAir, whose three planes were grounded on Monday because it is fitted with a particular series of engines manufactured by aerospace company Pratt & Whitney, also cancelled some flights on Wednesday, but the number was not made available. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

"The DGCA decision to ground 14 A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo and GoAir and the consequent cancellation of flights has resulted in a fairly significant impact on airfares for immediate travel on some key routes".

On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time.

In the national capital, Prabhu said the planes have been grounded only for passenger safety. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount", he added.

"The order impacts overall 9 A320 Neos for IndiGo out of the total 32 delivered Neo planes".

The grounding of 11 Airbus 320neo planes has forced no-frills carriers IndiGo and GoAir to cancel almost 65 fights, resulting in travel fares rising by over 10 percent on several sectors. "Flights have either been combined or we have seen passengers accommodated on other flights".

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