Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

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

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

Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Srinagar, Amritsar and Guwahati have been canceled. His comments came after the aviation regulator DGCA grounding 11 A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. This is going to hit 75 - 80 flights operated by Indigo and Go Air every day. There are a total of 45 A320 Neo planes fitted with P&W engines. "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. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.

As the number of such cases went up to 100, the DGCA grounded eight IndiGo and three GoAir aircraft on Monday. "We have to give paramount priority to safety". Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.

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The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport.

Budget carriers Indigo and GoAir airlines canceled around 48 flights today following a safety drive by country's aviation watchdog DGCA. Reportedly, citing safety of aircraft operations, the Director of the DGCA, in the March 12 order, said that A320Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect. "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory", the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. "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.

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