IndiGo, GoAir cancel 50 flights for today

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 14, 2018

After cancelling 65 flights yesterday, domestic carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled another 48 flights on Wednesday as nearly one-third of their A320 Neo aircraft fleet remained grounded for the third day following a safety directive by the DGCA. GoAir cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities. "To minimise the inconvenience of our customers, our teams swiftly re-accommodated the passengers on alternate flights and fully refunded the fares to any customer who preferred that", a statement issued by Indigo airline read. Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes.

On Wednesday, the highest one-way fare on Mumbai-Delhi route was Rs 39,480 while the lowest fare was Rs 5,720, according to the popular travel booking website MakeMyTrip.

IndiGo, which cancelled 47 flights, operates 1,000 flights a day while GoAir cancelled 18 out of its 140 flights per day.

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IndiGo, which operates 1,000-odd flights per day, has had to replace Pratt & Whitney engines on its 32 A320 Neo aircraft at least 69 times in the period May 2016-November 2017.

Mumbai: In two weeks third mid-air air craft engine failure in two weeks forced the civil aviation regulator to order grounding of 11 Airbus 320neo planes on Monday. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

Three other IndiGo A320neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount". Following this case, DGCA ordered A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 to be grounded with immediate effect. However, there is no reason to panic, because the airlines are constantly on the effort to minimize the trouble on part of the passengers.

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