IndiGo, GoAir cancel over 120 flights in 48 hours, airfares skyrocket

IndiGo, GoAir cancel over 120 flights in 48 hours, airfares skyrocket

IndiGo, GoAir flight cancellation: With DGCA crackdown leading to grounding of their planes, both Indigo and GoAir had to cancel a huge number of flights on Tuesday as well as Wednesday. The flights cancelled were to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others.

Domestic carrier IndiGo continued to operate with a curtailed schedule for the third day 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. Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes.

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.

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.

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Now, a total of 14 such A320 neo planes - 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir - have been grounded.

Citing safety of aircraft operations, the DGCA said, A320neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

The issue grabbed media's attention after a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight had to make an emergency landing due to engine failure on Monday. "While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights", it added.

The Gurugram-headquartered IndiGo operates over 1,000 daily flights and carries about 40 percent of domestic flyers, while GoAir offers 230 services daily and has a market share of around 10 percent. The ongoing problems with the engines raise concerns regarding passenger safety in Indian skies.

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