IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes

Lula Sharp
March 14, 2018

Domestic carrier IndiGo cancelled 42 flights on Wednesday, continuing to operate with a curtailed schedule two days after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded eight of its A320 Neo planes.

However, the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled a total of six flights due to the grounding of three of its A320 Neo planes, as against 18 on Tuesday.

The Gurugram based IndiGo operates 1K flights daily while GoAir offers more 200 flight services on daily basis.

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. There are 43 such engines in the worldwide, out of which 19 are now in India, used by IndiGo and GoAir.

In case of Indigo, the flights are canceled to Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune, Srinagar, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Bangalore among others. Since February, three other A320 Neo planes of IndiGo have been on the ground following similar engine problems.

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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. Amid passengers facing inconvenience due to the cancellations, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the planes with faulty engines were grounded "only for passenger safety".

The directive followed instances of the engines shut-down during flights and rejected take-offs involving the A320 neo family aircraft.

The aviation sector in the country may remain affected with IndiGo and GoAir likely to face more disruptions in the coming weeks.

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

"This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively".

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