Passengers are likely to face a tough time in the coming weeks as Indigo and GoAir are about to cancel 600+ flights after the grounding of 11 A320neo planes this month.
The grounding is because of faulty P&W engines. The summer schedule will get disrupted as these two domestic budget carries operates more than 1200 flights every single day.
The officials had earlier told that alternate booking will be provided to passengers while there is also an option to reschedule. However, it was not immediately clear how the process would be implemented.
Indigo who owns the largest share in domestic aviation market will cancel around 488 flights from March 15-31. GoAir announced on their website that 138 flights will be canceled from March 15-22.
In a schedule submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated that Indigo would not operate 36 daily flights from March 15-21, a total of 36 flights will be canceled from March22-24 while 16 flights will remain canceled from March 25-31 on daily basis. GoAir has canceled seven daily flights to 10 destinations from March 16-22. It has already canceled six services per week from March 15-22.
The total tally of these carries reached 626.
An Indigo spokesperson told the airline follows all the guidelines by the DGCA while a GoaAir spokesperson said,” We follow the process as specified by DGCA in its CAR (Civil Aviation Requirement). The same has also been published on our website.”
Put together Indigo and GoAir have a total of 45 A320 planes with Pratt &Whitney engines, 14 of them are grounded.
Note: The flight cancellation has led to an increase in fare by 10 percent.