IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA order, offers full refund to flyers

IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA order, offers full refund to flyers

The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others. Amid passengers facing inconvenience due to the cancellations, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the planes with faulty engines were grounded "only for passenger safety". There are 43 such engines in the worldwide, out of which 19 are now in India, used by IndiGo and GoAir. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements. Of the total 11 A320neo aircrafts that have been grounded due to faulty engines, eight belong by IndiGo. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount".

Yesterday, a Lucknow bound Indigo flight from the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad, with 186 passengers on board, had to return and make an emergency landing because of a technical snag in the engine.

Earlier on Tuesday, a total of 66 flights got canceled by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Budget carriers Indigo and GoAir airlines canceled around 48 flights today following a safety drive by country's aviation watchdog DGCA.

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Taking into consideration the safety of aircraft operations, the director of the DCGA said in its order on March 12 that the A320 Neos comprising of PW1100 engines beyond the ESN 450 have been grounded on an immediate basis.

After the move, Pratt and Whitney issued a statement saying, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". The grounding of 11 aircraft would affect 75 flights. "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.

The IndiGo flight that was grounded on Monday was an Airbus 320 Neo aircraft with a Pratt and Whitney engine. The ongoing problems with the engines raise concerns regarding passenger safety in Indian skies.

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