Published on : Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Budget carriers GoAir and Indigo cancelled 65 flights on Tuesday after the nation’s aviation Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded its eight A320Neo planes that had faulty engines and also three such aircrafts of GoAir.
The Gurugram-based Indigo cancelled as many as 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, the Wadia group-promoted GoAir mentioned that it had cancelled 18 flights.
GoAir had cancelled 18 flights that originated from more than eight cities, as mentioned by the airline in a statement to one of the leading news media agencies. GoAir operates 230 flights per day.
The flights cancelled were from Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Srinagar, Amritsar, Guwahati and others.
The DGCA had done this after an Indigo flight bound for Lucknow had returned to Ahmedabad in 40 minutes of getting airborne on account of a mid-air engine failure on Monday.
The director of DGCA cited safety of aircraft operations in the 12th March order and asserted that A320 Neos were fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded immediately.
Three other Indigo A320 Neo aircrafts have been ground ever since February after similar engine complications.
On Monday several passengers were stranded across the nation as many flights were cancelled by GoAir and Indigo after the grounding of 11 airplanes. After the cancellation of flights Indigo mentioned that the affected passengers have been offered the option to opt for another flight at no extra cost or cancel their booking and receive a full refund without any charges or cancellation.
The airline mentioned that Indigo has cancelled some flights due to the grounding of their airplane following the DGCA directions that have been issued in the interest of safety.
Indigo conducts about 40% of domestic flyers and GoAir has a market share of nearly 10%.