Budget carriers Indigo and GoAir airlines canceled around 48 flights today following a safety drive by country’s aviation watchdog DGCA.
Almost one-third of A320 Neo aircraft flights remained grounded. The canceled flights include 42 Indigo and six of GoAir.
In case of Indigo, the flights are canceled to Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune, Srinagar, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Bangalore among others.
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 Gurugram based IndiGo operates 1K flights daily while GoAir offers more 200 flight services on daily basis.
The DGCA cited passenger’s safety concerns in the A320 Neo manufactured engines for the flight shutdown. There are a total of 45 A320 Neo planes fitted with P&W engines. It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir.
The cancellation has caused a lot of inconvenience to the passengers especially those who pre-booked the tickets. The carriers on Tuesday said that they were taking measures to lower inconvenience to the passengers. Passengers are allowed alternate flights without any extra charges apart from an option to reschedule their flights.
Earlier on Tuesday, a total of 66 flights got canceled by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). It included 47 services from Indigo.
The DGCA cracked the whip after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of its getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure on Monday. Following this case, DGCA ordered A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 to be grounded with immediate effect.