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IndiGo, GoAir cancel flights after DGCA orders grounding of A320neo planes

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A day after the of Civil (DGCA) directed the grounding of 11 aircraft, budget carrier cancelled 47 flights on various routes, according to the information available on the airline's website, while had to cancel some flights originating out of eight centres.

said passengers were given the option to either choose another flight at no additional cost or cancel their booking and get a full refund. too said the same thing.

In an statement on Tuesday, the said: "has cancelled certain flights due to the grounding of our further to the DGCA directions which has been issued in the interest of safety. While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights."

"has complied with the DGCA directive by grounding the late serial number PW GTF engines. This has resulted in the cancellation of some flights originating out of 8 centres. Flight schedules are being altered to accommodate those affected. Alternate arrangements are made or offered to minimise impact and inconvenience. In cases where appropriate, free cancellation and re-booking options have been made available," a GoAir said.

GoAir, however, clarified that none of its flights between and got cancelled.

"GoAir has cancelled some flights from eight cities that include, Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubhaneshwar, Kolkata, and Delhi," the added.

Citing safety concerns, the industry regulator asked IndiGo and GoAir to ground a total of 11 fitted with 1100 engines.

Out ot the 11, eight are operated by IndiGo while GoAir operates three, the DGCA said in a statement.

With this, all the with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in

DGCA said: "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory."

The directive came immediately after an VT-ITA flight reported engine failure and had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad following take off from the same airport on Monday.

Previously, the DGCA had ordered grounding of three aircraft in IndiGo's A320neo fleet after the European Safety Agency issued an emergency airworthiness directive regarding similar A320neos on February 9, 2018.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:36 IST