The Mumbai-Delhi air fares have increased three-fold as Indigo and GoAir Airlines cancelled several flights after 11-A320 neo planes were grounded.Aviation regulator DGCA grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights.Of these, 8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir.The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport.”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 in a release.The fare has gone up to Rs 12,000 from their usual band of Rs 8,000-9,000 for late bookings“With current load factors at over 90%, this reduction in capacity is likely to have a 5-10% impact on fares on key routes in the short to medium term,” Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) at travel portal Yatra.com told Financial Express. “This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements. But we cannot play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount,” Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu reporters on the sidelines of an event here. Prabhu said expressed hope that airlines would restore the flights as soon as possible.On February 9, EASA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.The directive followed instances of the engines shut-down during flights and rejected take-offs involving the A320 neo family aircraft.On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time.On February 21, P&W said it has come out with a revised configuration to address the latest problem in some of its engines powering A320 neo planes
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