IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA order, offers full refund to flyers
GoAir too cancels 18 flights originating from more than eight cities
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Budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights on Tuesday after the country's aviation regulator DGCA grounded 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers. IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights.
GoAir has cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities, the airline said in a statement to the media. GoAir operates 230 flights per day.
The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others. Later in a statement to the media, IndiGo said the affected passengers have been given the option to either choose another flight at no additional cost or cancel their booking and get a full refund without any cancellation charges.
"IndiGo has cancelled certain flights due to the grounding of our aircraft further to the DGCA directions which has been issued in the interest of safety," the airline said. "While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights," it added.
1 No. of A320neo aircraft prevented from flying
8 Total number of A320neo engines operated by IndiGo
3 Total number of A320neo engines operated by GoAir
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