After DCGA grounds planes with faulty engines, IndiGo cancels 47 flights

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2018

Aviation regulator DGCA grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights.

However, the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled a total of six flights due to the grounding of three of its A320 Neo planes, as against 18 on Tuesday. "To minimise the inconvenience of our customers, our teams swiftly re-accommodated the passengers on alternate flights and fully refunded the fares to any customer who preferred that", a statement issued by Indigo airline read.

Cancellation of 65 flights by the country's largest airline IndiGo and GoAir due to grounding of 11 aircraft lead to a spike in last-minute fares on Tuesday, as passengers booked on cancelled flights tried to rebook on alternative flights.

IndiGo, which cancelled 47 flights, operates 1,000 flights a day while GoAir cancelled 18 out of its 140 flights per day. This includes flights to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others, the airline announced on its website.

The incident occurred on Monday morning pushed DGCA, the civil aviation watchdog to take final action of grounding air crafts, when right engine of an IndiGo A320neo air craft, packed to capacity of 186 passengers and crew, failed mid-air on the way from Ahmedabad to Lucknow. This comes two days after regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded almost 11 aircraft for engine failure. "We have seen fares of over Rs 12,000 for a one-way between Delhi and Mumbai flight for today", Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) at online travel portal, said on Tuesday. Since February, three other A320 Neo planes of IndiGo have been on the ground following similar engine problems.

IndiGo is operating the remaining 23 A320 Neo planes.

"This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively".

The DGCA grounded the Airbus neos fitted with "PW1100 engines" with engine serial numbers 450 and asked both IndiGo and GoAir to not refit these engines with spare parts in their inventory.

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