IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes

IndiGo Go Air cancel over 120 flights in 48 hours airfares skyrocket

IndiGo Go Air cancel over 120 flights in 48 hours airfares skyrocket

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. Number of flights cancelled by the other carrier GoAir for Wednesday was not immediately available.

Industry sources are heard saying, an aircraft operates about 7 to 8 domestic flights daily, depending on the length of the sector.

While the highest one-way fare on Mumbai-Delhi route was Rs 14,245 and lowest was Rs 5,032 on Tuesday, the highest and lowest fares for the same trip would be Rs 28,911 and Rs 9,112 resepctively on March 14, popular travel booking website Yatra said.

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.

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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. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Nearly one-third of A320 Neo aircraft flights remained grounded. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.

Budget carriers Indigo and GoAir airlines canceled around 48 flights today following a safety drive by country's aviation watchdog DGCA. Following this case, DGCA ordered A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 to be grounded with immediate effect. "Flights have either been combined or we have seen passengers accommodated on other flights". However, there is no reason to panic, because the airlines are constantly on the effort to minimize the trouble on part of the passengers.

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