Indigo cancels 47, Go Air cancels 18 flights over A320Neo ban

Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo cancelled as many as 47 flights on Tuesday while Go Air cancelled 18 flights after aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded eight IndiGo A320Neo and three GoAir aircraft with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines.

The flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others, the airline informed on its website.

Citing safety of aircraft 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.

The DGCA cracked the whip after a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight, returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of it getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure on Monday.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha said there are 43 such engines(PW100) worldwide of which 19 are in India being used by Indigo and GoAir.

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