India’s GoAir says engine troubles are over, adding Sri Lanka, eying six destinations
ECONOMYNEXT – India’s GoAir, a low cost carrier based in Mumbai is getting ready to ramp up flights with deliveries of new Airbus aircraft is set to resume after problems with their Pratt & Whitney engines coming to an end, an official said at the launch of flights to Sri Lanka.
“Our entry into Sri Lanka is in line with the growth strategy that we adopted since 2018 for international markets,” Gala said in Colombo.
“GoAir has placed a firm order of 144 A320neo aircraft and we will be receiving one aircraft every month on average for the next 7-8 years.”
GoAir will fly six days a week to Colombo, from Delhi and Bangalore.
GoAir’s expansion plans slowed after Airbus A320 deliveries were disrupted after problems emerged with Pratt & Whitney engines that powered the Airbus airframe.
Pratt & Whitney, the engine supplier had informed the GoAir earlier this month, that problems with the engine had been solved and deliveries of new airlines would be back on track, Gala said.
“So we are in a very conformation position now,” he said.
Colombo will take GoAir’s international destinations to nine, after Phuket, Male, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bangkok, Kuwait, Dammam.
Within India, GoAir flies to Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kannur, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar and Varanasi.
Gala says the airline is evaluating several destinations and ‘half dozen’ new ones would be added in 2020.
He said the airline had not seen a significant fall in passenger traffic due to the ongoing Coronavirus scare, but has noted a tendency for people to travel within South Asia, as they became more cautious about East Asia.
The airline, a unit of India’s Wadia group, operates more than 300 flights a day. (Colombo/Feb28/2020)