Mumbai: A day after the aviation industry regulator directed IndiGo and GoAir to ground a total of 11 A320neo aircraft fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines, the public carriers on Tuesday cancelled as many as 65 flights, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers. Out of the 11, eight were operated by IndiGo while GoAir operated three, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India.
The Gurugram-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities. GoAir operates 230 flights per day. IndiGo announced on its website the cancellations of some 47 flights across its domestic network for today. 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.
The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.
IndiGo carries about 40 percent of domestic flyers, while GoAir has a market share of around 10 percent.
Previously, the DGCA had ordered grounding of three units of IndiGo’s A320neo fleet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had on February 09, 2018, issued emergency airworthiness directive regarding A320neo fleet the world overfitted with PW1100 engines (with the serial number of 450 and beyond). As per the directive, EASA has imposed restrictions “on grounding of aeroplanes having two affected engines within three flight cycles”, the agency said in a statement on Monday.