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A320neo grounding impact: Airfares shoot up as 65 flights cancelled

Indigo-GoAir A320neo grounding impact: Airfares shoot up as 65 flights cancelled
Hannah Rogers | 14 March, 2018, 10:42

The grounding of 11 Airbus 320neo planes has forced no-frills carriers IndiGo and GoAir to cancel almost 65 fights, resulting in travel fares rising by over 10 percent on several sectors. This includes flights to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others, the airline announced on its website.

Domestic carrier IndiGo continues to operate with a curtailed schedule 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.

While the groundings will affect IndiGo and GoAir passengers, it will not impact IndiGo's financials, analysts at Edelweiss reckon.

On Tuesday, IndiGo had cancelled 48 flights from 18 cities and GoAir struck down 18 flights from 8 cities.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Monday chose to ground 11 aircraft hours after an A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered an engine failure mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport. Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes.

IndiGo, which operates 1,000-odd flights per day, has had to replace Pratt & Whitney engines on its 32 A320 Neo aircraft at least 69 times in the period May 2016-November 2017.

Three other IndiGo A320neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.

"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. "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory", the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. Noting that 14 of them are grounded, the regulator in a statement also said that "remaining 31 A320 neos with IndiGo and GoAir are fully operational and there is no safety issue with them".

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