IndiGo and GoAir cancelled 65 flights on Tuesday after the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) grounded their 11 A320Neo planes (8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir) with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. According to the reports, IndiGo has cancelled 47 flights, while the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir cancelled 18 flights.
IndiGo has cancelled 47 flights across its domestic network on 13 March, the airline announced on its website. The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.
The DGCA cracked the whip after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of its getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure on Monday. Citing safety of aircraft operations, the director of the DGCA, in the 12 March order.
IndiGo has cancelled certain flights due to the grounding of our aircraft further to the DGCA directions, which has been issued in the interest of safety. The airline said in a statement… “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”.