Indigo cancels 47 flights as India grounds faulty Airbus A320Neo
New Delhi : Nothing less than 47 flights have been cancelled by the budget airlines Indigo after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded its Airbus A320Neo due to faulty Pratt & Whitney engines.
The airlines announced cancellation of 47 domestic flights on its website. Majority of cancelled flights are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati.
The move by DGCA came in the wake of an incident where an Indigo flight had returned within 40 minutes due to mid-air engine failure. Ensuring safety of the passengers the DGCA Director, in the March 12 order, said that A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.
Hundreds of passengers remained stranded across several airports after the airlines cancelled dozens of its domestic flights.
With over 1000 flights daily, Indigo carries 40 percent of the domestic flyers within India.