Amid aircraft crunch, IndiGo cancels 42 flights today

  • Amid aircraft crunch, IndiGo cancels 42 flights today

Amid aircraft crunch, IndiGo cancels 42 flights today

It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir.

"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".

On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu reporters on the sidelines of an event here. Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.

Cancellation of 65 flights by the country's largest airline IndiGo and GoAir due to grounding of 11 aircraft lead to a spike in last-minute fares on Tuesday, as passengers booked on cancelled flights tried to rebook on alternative flights.

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 DGCA said, A320neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

Earlier on Tuesday, a total of 66 flights got canceled by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). "The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration". Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320 Neo aircraft on ground. "Safety is our top priority". Noting that 14 of them are grounded, the regulator in a statement also said that "remaining 31 A320 neos with IndiGo and GoAir are fully operational and there is no safety issue with them". "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.