IndiGo, GoAir cancel 48 flights for today after DGCA grounds A320neo planes
The cancellation of Indigo and GoAir flights has put thousands of passengers at inconvenience as they had pre-booked these flights amid the concerns of exorbitant fares which are charged by the carriers for last-minute travel.india Updated: Mar 14, 2018 13:33 IST
Low-fare carrier IndiGo cancelled 42 flights and GoAir six on Wednesday, as 11 of their 320 Neo aircraft remained grounded for the third day on the orders of the aviation regulator.
According to IndiGo’s website, fliers at airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Dehradun and Srinagar were affected by the cancellations.
Experts have blamed Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s “sudden decision” to ground the 11 Airbus narrow-body aircraft – eight of IndiGo and three of GoAir – for chaos at airports.
“The regulator announced the decision suddenly on Monday evening after which the two airlines had to call off the aircraft that were in operations,” said an expert on condition of anonymity.
The airlines should have been given at least a day to make alternative arrangements, the expert said.
The DCGA on Monday removed from the country’s skies 11 planes powered by a specific series of Pratt & Whitney engines following in-flight engine failures. The decision came after a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight faced a mid-air scare earlier in the day.
On Tuesday, the two carriers cancelled at least 65 flights, with IndiGo scrapping at least 47, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. An A320 Neo carries around 180 people.
Indigo, which has now been forced to pull out 11 Neo aircraft from service, said on Wednesday it had adjusted the flight schedule and passengers were informed accordingly. GoAir said it was making all possible arrangements to minimise the impact.
Three of IndiGo’s aircraft were grounded in February.
Union minister Jayant Sinha has said the government would allow the planes to fly only after it was convinced that the engines were safe.
(With agency inputs)