IndiGo, GoAir cancel dozens of flights, hundreds of passengers stranded after DGCA ground planes


IndiGo and GoAir have been forced to cancel at least 70 flights on Tuesday after the DGCA grounded its their flights due to a recurring malfunction in their engines. The mass cancellations by the two airlines have had a crippling impact on the passengers’ travel plan leaving hundreds of them in a lurch.

While IndiGo cancelled around 50 flights, GoAir was forced to cancel 20 flights, reported Business Standard. The airlines have promised to accommodate the affected passengers in other aircraft but there will be a change in their schedule.

A report by PTI said that the flights cancelled were from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati.

In Its order, the DGCA had said, “In view of few occurances of aborted take-off and in-flight Shut Down (IFSD) happening on A320neo fleet worldwide fitted with PW1100 engines (from Sl No. 450 and beyond). EASA issued Emergency Allowances Airworthiness Directive on 09 Feb. 2018. Accordingly, EASA imposed following operational restrictions: a) Grounding of aeroplanes having two affected engines within 03 flight cycles b) Not to use those aeroplanes having at least one affected engine for ETOPs operations.”

The DGCA order had impacted eight IndiGo and three GoAir planes. On Monday too, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir, reported PTI. IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights daily. IndiGo carries about 40 percent of domestic flyers, while GoAir has a market share of around 10 per cent.