Amid aircraft crunch, IndiGo cancels 42 flights today

Amid aircraft crunch, IndiGo cancels 42 flights today

The flights cancelled were to Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Amritsar, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others. It includes 33 from Indigo and 12 from GoAir. The regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. There are 43 such engines in the worldwide, out of which 19 are now in India, used by IndiGo and GoAir.

There are a total of 45 A320 Neo planes fitted with P&W engines with the two airlines.

While the groundings will affect IndiGo and GoAir passengers, it will not impact IndiGo's financials, analysts at Edelweiss reckon.

With the DGCA directive coming into force with immediate effect, hundreds of passengers were stranded at various airports on Monday also as the two carriers grounded aircraft that were to operate flights. "But we can not play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount".

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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". Of the 11 newly grounded aircrafts, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes, it said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order came soon after an IndiGo flight encountered a mid-air engine failure forcing the Lucknow-bound flight to return to Ahmedabad, where it made an emergency landing this morning.

Earlier on Tuesday, a total of 66 flights got canceled by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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. The grounding of 11 aircraft would affect 75 flights. The ongoing problems with the engines raise concerns regarding passenger safety in Indian skies.

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