IndiGo, GoAir cancel 50 flights for today

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 14, 2018

With cancellation of flights operated by IndiGo and GoAir, the aviation sector in the country was severely affected and the air passengers are likely to face more disruptions in the coming weeks.

Three other IndiGo A320neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.

The Gurgaon-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights. The flights cancelled were to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others.

Aviation regulator DGCA grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights.

The DGCA said that the IndiGo and GoAir flights with faulty engines have been grounded for safety and security of the air passengers. However, the two carriers had on Tuesday said they were taking measures to minimise inconvenience to the passengers whose flights have been cancelled by booking them on alternate flights as well giving them the option of cancelling or rescheduling their travel without any extra cost.

The DGCA today said there are 45 A320 neo - 32 with IndiGo and 13 with GoAir - fitted with P&W 1100 engines. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.

Yesterday, a Lucknow bound Indigo flight from the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad, with 186 passengers on board, had to return and make an emergency landing because of a technical snag in the engine. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

The DGCA grounded the Airbus neos fitted with "PW1100 engines" with engine serial numbers 450 and asked both IndiGo and GoAir to not refit these engines with spare parts in their inventory.

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