Thursday, March 14, 2019

SpiceJet likely to cancel 30-35 flights today; DGCA to monitor airfare surges

New Delhi: On account of its Boeing 737 MAX planes being grounded, budget airline SpiceJet on Wednesday cancelled 14 flights — a number that is expected to rise to 30-35 on Thursday.
The flights cancelled on Wednesday include those on sectors such as Delhi-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kochi, Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Bengaluru-Madurai, Chennai-Guwahati, Chennai-Port Blair, Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Goa among others. The government, taking cognisance of the flight cancellations, has asked airlines to keep fares at reasonable levels although travel experts believe that a total of 50 aircraft being grounded across airlines due to various reasons will cause a spike in fares ahead of the holiday season.
“SpiceJet is rationalising and optimising the use of its Boeing 737NG and Bombardier Q400 aircraft to address the current situation and minimise inconvenience to its passengers. We are evaluating options for augmenting capacity in the coming days through a mix of additional flights and aircraft inductions. We are sure that our operations will be normal very soon,” the airline said in a statement.
On account of its Boeing 737 MAX planes being grounded, budget airline SpiceJet on Wednesday cancelled 14 flights — a number that is expected to rise to 30-35 on Thursday.
The flights cancelled on Wednesday include those on sectors such as Delhi-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kochi, Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Bengaluru-Madurai, Chennai-Guwahati, Chennai-Port Blair, Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Goa among others. The government, taking cognisance of the flight cancellations, has asked airlines to keep fares at reasonable levels although travel experts believe that a total of 50 aircraft being grounded across airlines due to various reasons will cause a spike in fares ahead of the holiday season.
“SpiceJet is rationalising and optimising the use of its Boeing 737NG and Bombardier Q400 aircraft to address the current situation and minimise inconvenience to its passengers. We are evaluating options for augmenting capacity in the coming days through a mix of additional flights and aircraft inductions. We are sure that our operations will be normal very soon,” the airline said in a statement.
14/03/19 Pranav Mukul/Indian Express

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