IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes

Indigo’s cancelled flights include ones to Mumbai Kolkata Pune Jaipur Srinagar Bhubaneswar Chennai Delhi Dehradun Amritsar Bengaluru and Hyderabad among others

Industry sources are heard saying, an aircraft operates about 7 to 8 domestic flights daily, depending on the length of the sector. The regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

Now, a total of 14 such A320 neo planes - 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir - have been grounded. In an announcement on its website during the day, IndiGo said it has cancelled 47 flights across its domestic network for today.

IndiGo, which operates 1,000-odd flights per day, has had to replace Pratt & Whitney engines on its 32 A320 Neo aircraft at least 69 times in the period May 2016-November 2017.

The IndiGo flights that have been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others. The canceled flights include 42 Indigo and six of GoAir.

The A320 neo aircraft, are powered by Pratt and Whitney Engines (PW Engines), and amongst the grounded neo planes, eight belong to Indigo Airlines while three belong to the Wadia Group's Go Air.

Meanwhile, the two carriers had on Tuesday said they were taking measures to minimise inconvenience to the passengers whose flights have been cancelled by booking them on alternative flights as well giving them the option of cancelling or rescheduling their travel without any extra cost.

In the national capital, Prabhu said the planes have been grounded only for passenger safety.

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. "We have to give paramount priority to safety". Following this case, DGCA ordered A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 to be grounded with immediate effect.

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