IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes

IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes

In case of Indigo, the flights are canceled to Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune, Srinagar, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Bangalore among others. Of these, IndiGo has 33 and GoAir 12 planes. The regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

"Following the grounding of our six A320 Neo in accordance with the directive of the DGCA, we cancelled less than 5 percent of our flights today".

"The order impacts overall 9 A320 Neos for IndiGo out of the total 32 delivered Neo planes".

The IndiGo flight that was grounded on Monday was an Airbus 320 Neo aircraft with a Pratt and Whitney engine. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements.


Nearly one-third of A320 Neo aircraft flights remained grounded.

On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said. "We have to give paramount priority to safety".

The grounding of 11 Airbus 320neo planes has forced no-frills carriers IndiGo and GoAir to cancel almost 65 fights, resulting in travel fares rising by over 10 percent on several sectors. "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.

After the move, Pratt and Whitney issued a statement saying, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320 Neo aircraft on ground. The affected passengers would be accommodated on other flights on our network. However, there is no reason to panic, because the airlines are constantly on the effort to minimize the trouble on part of the passengers.

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