IndiGo the Budget carrier has cancelled more than 47 flights on Tuesday after the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded faulty Pratt & Whitney engines eight A320Neo planes along with three such aircraft of GoAir.
IndiGo across its domestic network on March 13, has cancelled 47 flights, the airline announced on its website.
The flights that are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others have been cancelled.
The DGCA 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, Grounded eight A320Neo planes.
After citation of aircraft safety operations, the Director of the DGCA, in the March 12 order, said that “A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.”
Following similar engine problems, three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights, yesterday was cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir following the grounding of 11 planes.
IndiGo operates around 1,000 flights on a daily basis.
While GoAir has a market share of around 10 percent, IndiGo carries about 40 percent of domestic flyers.