Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Day 3

IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Day 3

It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir.

One can easily differentiate an Airbus A320neo from an older Airbus A320 (most of the IndiGo and GoAir fleet) by looking at their size - Neo planes have a bigger engine. The DGCA said in its March order that A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 should be grounded with immediate effect.

With cancellation of flights operated by IndiGo and GoAir, the aviation sector in the country was severely affected and the air passengers are likely to face more disruptions in the coming weeks.

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The aircrafts were grounded due to safety concerns arising out of the mid-air shut down of the Pratt & Whitney manufactured Neo engines of these aeroplanes.

The incident comes after DCGA on Monday asked IndiGo and GoAir to ground planes powered by a specific series of Pratt & Whitney engines following in-flight engine failures. On Tuesday, IndiGo, which has the largest market share of 39 per cent among domestic carriers, did not operate 47 flights and Go Air had to take off 18 flights off its schedule.

In Delhi, IndiGo cancelled 13 arrivals and 18 departure flights, while GoAir cancelled 2 arrival and 2 departure flights. The airline now flies 13 A320neos and has had to ground three of them as of Monday.

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GoAir has complied with the DGCA directive by grounding the late serial number PW GTF engines, the airline said in a statement later, adding "This has resulted in the cancellation of some flights originating out of eight centres".

Giving out details about the total flight that IndiGO cancelled the report revealed the airline nixed 17 flights out of Delhi airport and 3 flights out of Mumbai airport. The affected flight was scheduled to depart from Kochi at 7.10 pm and arrive in Chennai at 8.15 p.m. The carriers on Tuesday said that they were taking measures to lower inconvenience to the passengers. "Safety is our top priority".

In the national capital, Prabhu said the planes have been grounded only for passenger safety. Alternate arrangements are made or offered to minimise impact and inconvenience.

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According to data provided by the Civil Aviation Ministry to the Rajya Sabha today, airlines reported over 24,700 technical snags in 2017.

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