Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

IndiGo continues to operate with curtailed schedule, cancels 42 flights

IndiGo continues to operate with curtailed schedule, cancels 42 flights

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

Now, a total of 14 such A320 neo planes - 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir - have been grounded. The airline has announced on its website on 13 March about its 47 flights being canceled across the domestic network.

The DGCA said that the IndiGo and GoAir flights with faulty engines have been grounded for safety and security of the air passengers.

GoAir said it had canceled a total of six flights today due to the grounding of three of its A320 Neo planes, as against 18 yesterday.

"The DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) decision to ground 14 A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo and GoAir and the consequent cancellation of flights has resulted in a fairly significant impact on airfares for immediate travel on some key routes", Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), told the Indian Express.

In case of Indigo, the flights are canceled to Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune, Srinagar, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Bangalore among others. Flight schedules are being altered to accommodate those affected. It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir.

"In order to cause minimum inconvenience to the passengers, the airlines are giving an option to passengers to choose another flight at no additional cost and giving full refund on any cancellations", he said. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said. However, there is no reason to panic, because the airlines are constantly on the effort to minimize the trouble on part of the passengers. "We have to give paramount priority to safety".

According to data provided by the Civil Aviation Ministry to the Rajya Sabha today, airlines reported over 24,700 technical snags in 2017.

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