GoAir, IndiGo cancel 65 Flights after planes are grounded, passengers in trouble
Budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights today after the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation,
or DGCA grounded 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers.
The Gurugram-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it has cancelled 18 flights.
GoAir cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities, the airline said in a statement to PTI. GoAir operates 230 flights per day.
On its website, IndiGo announced the cancellations of some 47 flights across its domestic network for today.
Cancelled flights are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad,
Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar, and Guwahati, among others.
Later, in a statement to the media, IndiGo said the affected passengers have been given the option to either choose another flight at no additional cost or cancel
their booking and get a full refund without any cancellation charges.
IndiGo has cancelled certain flights due to the grounding of our aircraft further to the DGCA directions which have been issued in the interest of safety the airline said.
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 DGCA cracked the whip after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of being airborne because of an engine failure mid-air on Monday.
Citing safety of aircraft operations, the DGCA Director, in the March 12 order,
said that A320Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 grounded with immediate effect.
Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground
since February following similar engine problems.
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