INDIA’S two popular budget carriers, IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights on Tuesday causing immense hardship to thousands people across the country and overseas.Confirimg the cancellation the Gurugram headquartered IndiGo official said the decision was taken following a dictat given by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation under the Union Ministry for Civil Aviation asking it to ground 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines ..
While IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day. The Wadia Group-promoted GoAir had cancelled 18 flights.
GoAir has cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities, the airline said in a statement to the
media. GoAir operates 230 flights per day.
IndiGo announced on its website the cancellation of 47 flights across its domestic network for Tuesday.
The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.
The affected passengers were offered 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 has been issued in the interest of safety,” the airline said.uuu
Official sources said the DGCA on receipt of information that an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow flew back to Ahmedabad after remaining air borne for forty minutes only due mid-air
engine failure on Monday.It may be recalled The Director of the DGCA issued an advisory on Tuesday said A320Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 had been grounded with immediate effect.
Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problem IndiGo carries about
40 per cent of domestic flyers while GoAir has a market share of around 10 per cent.
Anyway,no airline can defy the instructions issued by DGCA,their regulator,in the interest of flyers.
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