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The DGCA decision to ground certain A320 neo aircraft with faulty engines is "only for passenger safety", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today and expressed hope that airlines would restore the flights as soon as possible.
Against this backdrop, Prabhu said it is DGCA's prerogative and that safety is paramount.
"This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements. But we cannot play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Prabhu took over the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 11 A320 neo planes powered with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following three incidents of mid-air engine failures in less than a month.