March 13: As many as 47 flights of the budget carrier IndiGo have been cancelled after the India’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded the airline’s eight A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. Three aircraft owned by GoAir also have been grounded.
IndiGo, on its official website, disclosed the news of the cancellation of the 47 flights on March 13th, across its domestic network which included Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati.
On March 12th, an IndiGo flight to Lucknow, due to a mid-air engine failure, returned to Ahmadabad in 40 minutes of its take off. Following this, the DGCA took the control measures with regard to the issue. The DGCA director, taking into account the safety of aircraft operations, said that A320Neos with built-in PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 were to be grounded with immediate effect.
Last month, three IndiGo A320Neo planes were grounded due to faulty engines. With the cancellation of over a dozen of IndiGo and GoAir flights, passengers throughout the country have been affected. IndiGo which operates about 1000 flights a day carries over 40 percent of the domestic passengers. GoAir holds a market share of around 10 percent.